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Lakers show playoff composure against Denver Nuggets (Web links)

May 07, 2012|By Mark Medina
  • Andrew Bynum celebrates with Steve Blake after the Lakers' 92-88 victory over the Nuggets in Game 4 of a first-round playoff series on Sunday night in Denver.
Andrew Bynum celebrates with Steve Blake after the Lakers' 92-88… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan credits the sharp shooting from Steve Blake and Ramon Sessions for the Lakers' 92-88 Game 4 victory Sunday over the Denver Nuggets.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes the contributions of the Lakers' role players.

--The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman details how the Nuggets unraveled in the final minutes.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights the Lakers' team effort in their Game 4 win Sunday over Denver.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan mentions that Metta World Peace worked out with the Lakers during Sunday's morning shootaround.

--The Daily News' Teaford highlights Sessions' contention that he's not worried about what his free agent future might entail.

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke credits Pau Gasol's toughness and willingness in doing the little things, such as setting a good pick on Danilo Gallinari that set up Sessions' late-game three-pointer.

--The Orange County Register's Ding criticizes Gallinari for flopping and crediting the Lakers for elevating their play when the moment counted.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper notes the importance of the Lakers reserve's elevating their play.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin believes the Lakers are trusting their role players even more.

--The Denver Post's Woody Paige argues the Nuggets have no shot at winning the first-round series.

Sidebars

--The Times' Ben Bolch highlights Jordan Hill's contributions.

--The Denver Post's Adrian Dater explains how the Lakers limited Ty Lawson.

--The Denver Post's Chris Dempsey highlights Al Harrington's willingness to play with a broken nose.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears notes Bryant's confidence in his supporting cast.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz observes how Nuggets Coach George Karl has gone through several frustrating moments in the playoffs.

Blogs

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer mentions the weird incident involving a woman running onto the court during the Lakers-Nuggets game.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' win over Denver.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Nuggets game and breaks down some post-game numbers.

--Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap notes the craziness surrounding the Lakers-Nuggets game.

--Forum Blue and Gold's R.R. Magellan breaks down the good, bad and the ugly in the Lakers' win over Denver.

Tweet of the Day:  "They're playing Brass Monkey here at Pepsi Center #MCAForever" -- nuggetsnews (Denver Posts' Nuggets beat writer Benjamin Hochman)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "This game shows how good we could be if we had a consistent perimeter shooter (like a Steve Kerr). It would totally open up the interior for Bynum and Gasol. If Blake can keep hitting those threes, we're going to go a long way in these playoffs. 

Also, Jordan Hill has been the surprise of these playoffs. He gives us a very solid presence inside on both offense and defense. And he moves up and down the court much quicker than either Bynum or Gasol. He could be our secret weapon against OKC. Ditto Ebanks, even though he hasn't been much of a factor in this series." -- Corner J


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