Lakers Spurs BasketballLakers Examiner: Last week we embarked on a mission: to predict the first month of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2009-10 regular season.

The Lakers began their title defense strongly, going 13-3 in October and November. Their strong start was due to a disproportionate amount of home games, which continues in the beginning of December.

However, just like Napoleon’s march to Moscow, the Lakers will suffer considerable casualties in the harsh, hostile winter away from home.

Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Dec. 1 vs. New Orleans Hornets: Stojakovic diagnosed as sleepwalker during first quarter of Hornets loss

Lakers win. Despite another MVP-type performance from Chris Paul (32 points, 16 assists), the Hornets fall to the first-place Lakers. Strange events occur in the first quarter, when team doctor Derryk Jones realizes that Peja Stojakovic is actually sleepwalking through the game. Surprisingly, Hornets coaches and fans fail to notice a difference in his play. (Irrelevant but hilarious picture of Peja).

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