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Will the Lakers secure the No. 3 seed? [Web links]

April 22, 2012|By Mark Medina
  • The Lakers have one more chance Sunday to get a regular-season win against Kevin Durant and the Thunder. Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and company are 0-2 against Oklahoma City this season.
The Lakers have one more chance Sunday to get a regular-season win against… (Mark J. Terrill / Associated…)

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan wonders how the Lakers will stack up Sunday against Oklahoma City.

-- Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick highlights Derek Fisher's contention that the National Basketball Players Assn. shouldn't resist performing an audit.

-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr and ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin highlight Kobe Bryant's contention that he's not concerned about winning this season's scoring title.

--'s Nick Gallo lauds how OKC has put together its foundation.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky previews the Lakers-Thunder matchup.

-- The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry explains how the spat between Fisher and the NBPA couldn't come at a worse time.

-- The Oklahoman's John Rohde wonders how the Lakers and Thunder would match up in the playoffs.

-- Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears highlights James Harden's eclectic style.

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford mentions how the Lakers can secure the No. 3 seed if they win their two remaining games. It could become complicated if they don't.

-- Fox Sports Florida's Chris Tomasson talks to former Denver guard David Thompson about going toe-to-toe with Spurs guard George Gervin for the 1977-78 scoring title. Bryant and Durant enter Sunday's game in similar boats. Bryant has a 27.9 to 27.8 lead over Durant.

--'s Mike Trudell breaks down the varying playoff scenarios.

Tweet of the Day: "In short, LAL need any combination LAL wins and LAC losses that total 2, w/5 total games between them. ... But, if the Lakers lose both of their games and the Clippers go 1-2, Memphis could still grab the No. 3 seed by going 3-0." -- LakersReporter ('s Mike Trudell)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The Lakers are very uncomfortable in their offense. There is very little ball movement and poor spacing. The Lakers have three all stars, yet they play like a D League team. The Spurs were just too physical and quick for the Lakers. Also absent is some toughness, someone to knock Parker to the floor on his dribble penetration. The Spurs were far too comfortable." -- senseofwhereweare

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