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  1. Lakers look to find their old selves, avoid Game 5 elimination by Thunder

    May 21, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook, Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Two years ago, when they won the title in 2010, the Lakers were the team that came back and won games like the one they lost Saturday. Back then it was the Lakers closing on a 25-7 run and getting the defensive stops. It was Kobe Bryant hitting the big shots. It was their opponents…

  2. Is Game 3 must-win for the Lakers? Yes, yes it is.

    May 18, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant

    One last time we can thank the lockout for the joys of a condensed schedule — the Lakers and Thunder are going to play the rare playoff back-to-back the next two nights. Which clearly favors the younger legs and better athletes of the Thunder. It’s going to be a lot harder for the Lakers to…

  3. Bynum thinks Lakers will win title if they focus on defense

    May 14, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Seven

    There is very little Lakers fans can take away from Los Angeles’ seven-game series win over Denver that should make them think they have much of a shot against Oklahoma City. Everything Denver did to the Lakers in transition OKC can do as well and with better athletes. But Andrew Bynum thinks there is a…

  4. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Thunder game 6: The Thunder learn some hard lessons, are eliminated by Lakers

    May 1, 2010, 4:46 AM EDT

    Chin up, Oklahoma City. Sure, losing sucks, we get that. But you have to learn how to win in the NBA playoffs — people remember Michael Jordan the champion, not the guy who lost to the Detroit Pistons three straight years on the playoffs. Enjoy the ride, you have a fun team, a special team.…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Thunder game 6: Russell Westbrook must attack Kobe Bryant

    Apr 29, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    Sitting by their lockers after game five, Thunder players admitted it caught them off guard — Kobe Bryant locking down on Russell Westbrook. It threw the young Thunder out of sync, it made Westbrook hesitant. It cost them the game, and now they trail the Lakers 3-2. If they are to pull off one of…

  6. Derek Fisher was not in fight in an Oklahoma City Waffle House, but he was in a Waffle House

    Apr 29, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

    When an Oklahoma City radio station started reporting that the Lakers Derek Fisher had been involved in a fight at a Waffle House in Oklahoma City, pretty much everyone around the Lakers said, “Fisher? In a fight? We’re not buying that.” Say what you will about Fisher’s game — and Lakers fans have — nobody…

  7. Quote of the day, Ron Artest is unbelievable

    Apr 29, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    “My defense is so unbelievable, I don’t really care about offense right now.” –Ron Artest, in anticipation of Game 6 between the Lakers and Thunder in OKC (via The OC Register). Ron’s certainly not wrong, as he’s held Kevin Durant to sub-40% shooting in three of the five games thus far and hounded him into…

  8. Scott Brooks has finally gotten through to Serge Ibaka with words, not gestures

    Apr 28, 2010, 7:55 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka comes from a different world than any other NBA player. Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo to be specific. A world of refugees and war crimes. He was born number 15 out of 18 siblings. Yes, you read that right, 18. For him, basketball was a real escape. He came to the NBA with…

  9. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Thunder game 5: Kobe brings the tough defense and the Lakers bring the blowout

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:15 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant is too old. He’s too injured. He’s no longer explosive. He’s played to many minutes over too many years. He’s lost a couple steps. He’s not THAT Kobe Bryant anymore. Don’t try to sell that to Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “Kobe had an impact on the game the stat sheet doesn’t show,” said…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Lakers, Thunder game 5: It's all about the jump shot. And making one.

    Apr 27, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    There’s been a lot of focus about the Los Angeles Lakers inability to hit a jump shot in this series. With reason — the Lakers shot 26.1 percent (12 of 46) from beyond 10 feet in that game (thank you Hoopdata!). For the series, the Lakers are shooting an unimpressive 35 percent from beyond 10…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Now we find out what the Lakers are really made of

    Apr 26, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    The Lakers meandered through the second half of the season without a care in the world. At least they played like it. So Los Angeles fans and media set up imaginary tests for them. The five game road trip was one. Late season matchups with the Thunder, the Magic, a couple with the Spurs all…

  12. Note to Lakers: Don't let Kevin Durant drive unguarded to the basket

    Apr 25, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    The Thunder scored an inordinant amount of easy baskets Saturday in their blowout win over the Lakers. But this was the signature basket — and the crowd loved it. Great basket by Durant, horrific defense in transition by the Lakers — that pretty much sums up the game.

  13. NBA Playoffs, Thunder Lakers Game 4: That's what you call an old fashioned beat down

    Apr 25, 2010, 2:27 AM EDT

    This is exactly the kind of game you expect when the top seed Oklahoma City team gets those young, eighth seed Lakers on their home court. The better team wins big, runs them out of the building from the first tip. Just an old fashioned, no mercy beatdown. Wait, what? The Lakers were the top…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Is Kevin Durant really a Kobe stopper? Or was Kobe the Kobe stopper?

    Apr 23, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant is being treated like basketball royalty today — he stepped up like a superstar should. With the game on the line, he asked to cover the other team’s best player. He went mano a mano with Kobe Bryant. That takes stones. He deserves the praise. And the Thunder won. That is ultimately how…

  15. Russell Westbrook has serious, serious hops

    Apr 23, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook earns no bonus points for beating Derek Fisher off the dribble — that’s a gimme — but he does for knifing through the Lakers big men and throwing it down over Lamar Odom. Respect My Authoritah! Our own Matt Moore breaks down exactly how this came about over at Hardwood Paroxysm.…

  16. Quote of the day, Amen brother

    Apr 23, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT

    “Even the Amens are loud.” –Lakers coach Phil Jackson’s comment to TNT’s Craig Sager about the crowd at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City after a benediction before the game.

  17. NBA Playoffs: Oklahoma City plays like veterans and the Lakers fold under pressure, just like we expected

    Apr 23, 2010, 3:29 AM EDT

    Everyone expected this to be a series of close games, of exciting finishes. In the end, it would be the team with the calm demeanor, the team that played like they seen pressure like this a thousand times and knew how to handle it that was going to win. Oklahoma City, of course. Thursday —…

  18. NBA Playoffs: What the Thunder need to do to win in Los Angeles

    Apr 20, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    With the Lakers stumbling a bit coming into the playoffs and the Thunder being anything but a typical eight-seed, many people believed that the Lakers-Thunder series would be a lot more competitive than #1-#8 matchups usually are.  In game 1, things didn’t work out that way; the Thunder looked completely outmatched on both ends of…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Ron Artest was too strong, too smart for Durant, Thunder

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    In a year, maybe two, teams are not going to be able to do this to Oklahoma City and Kevin Durant. Then he will be stronger; the team will be more experienced. But right now they can, and Ron Artest and the Lakers did. Los Angeles simply out-muscled, out-hustled and out-thought the best player Oklahoma…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Lakers lock down Durant, Thunder to win Game 1

    Apr 18, 2010, 8:41 PM EDT

    On a superficial level, the Lakers and Thunder appear to be polar opposites in a lot of ways. The Lakers are the defending champions. The Thunder have never been to the playoffs before. The Lakers are the #1 seed. The Thunder are the #8 seed. The Lakers are a veteran team. The Thunder are the…

  21. Quote of the day, Phil Jackson doesn't care about Durant's feelings

    Apr 17, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    “Whatever.” – Lakers coach Phil Jackson’s reaction to Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant saying he said he felt disrespected by Jackson’s comments about Durant and the league referees. Those comments earned Jackson a fine.

  22. Breaking down the Artest-Durant matchup

    Apr 16, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

    When the Lakers have the ball in their upcoming series with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the matchup to watch will be the battle on the perimeter between Kobe Bryant and Thabo Sefolosha. When the Thunder have the ball, the matchup to watch will be the one between Kevin Durant and Ron Artest, and it should…

  23. NBA Playoffs: Thunder to taste playoff experience, do the Lakers have too much of it?

    Apr 16, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The Lakers and the Thunder are a lot alike in some ways. Think about it this way: Dominant superstar? Check. Second offensive option who is a borderline All-Star? Check. Long, lanky versatile forward? Check. Guys who can come in off the bench and change the game? Check. But off the court these franchises are totally…

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