The Lakers are an elite team, the Pistons are downtrodden. Absolutely nothing had to give Wednesday night in L.A.'s date with the Pistons at The Palace, and, fair to say, nothing did. To say the Lakers cruised would imply they had to work harder than they actually did. The 103-90 final score wasn't at all indicative of the level of control exerted by the purple and gold.
-A game that wasn't nearly as close as the score would indicate, and the score indicated it wasn't that close.
-An easy, breezy 33 points for Kobe Bryant, part of a blueprint night for the Lakers as a whole, when it comes to how to deal with weak teams. No starter hit the 33 minute mark, a major boon particularly for Pau Gasol.
-Season ending knee surgery for Greg Oden, and how it impacts the Western Conference.
-Friday's game in Minnesota. Will the Lakers put on a better show than they did when the teams met at Staples? (Yes, they will)
Plus, where "Sashapova" stand in the NBA Power Couple pecking order now that Tony Parker and Eva Longoria are apparently getting divorced, and Andy's pride in having once dated a tall woman.