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Pundits believe Lakers have no shot against Thunder (Web links)

May 15, 2012|By Mark Medina
  • Lakers forward Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace talk strategy as they head to the bench during a timeout in Game 1 of their playoff series against the Thunder on Monday night in Oklahoma City.
Lakers forward Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace talk strategy as they head… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how the Lakers couldn't keep up with the Thunder's speed in their 119-90 Game 1 loss Monday to Oklahoma City.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding and The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explain how the Lakers were left in the dust by the Thunder.

--The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry focuses on Russell Westbrook's dominance against the Lakers.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' tough playoff schedule, including a back-to-back at Staples Center for Games 3 and 4.

--The Daily News' Teaford mentions Mike Brown's belief that the NBA's compressed schedule has contributed to playoff injuries.

Sidebars

--The Times' Ben Bolch focuses on how Metta World Peace handled all the boos from the Thunder crowd.

--The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson notices Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum sat on the bench after the Game 1 loss discussing strategy on how to correct their mistakes.

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke believes the series is already over.

--ESPN.com's J.A Adande predicts the Lakers' hopes in beating the Thunder will only get tougher.

--The Orange County Register's Ding believes Coach Brown's messages about defense haven't gotten through to the players.

--Fox Sports' Andrew Gilman chalks up the Lakers' loss to Oklahoma City as the Thunder just being too good.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains how the Thunder has grown since losing to the Lakers in the 2010 NBA playoffs.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears believes it's an ominous sign that Kobe Bryant concedes that the Thunder  has superior athleticism over the Lakers.

--The Oklahoman's Barry Tramel notices how the Thunder benefited from its long rest. He also provides a Thunder report card. 

 Blogs

--Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine has a funny photo-caption contest depicting how Thunder fans dress.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to the Thunder.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Thunder game.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe explains how the Thunder exploited Bynum's weakness.

--The Daily Thunder's Royce Young remains impressed with Oklahoma City's team effort.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore believes the Lakers' Game 1 loss to the Thunder marked the beginning of an end.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano explains how everything went badly for the Lakers in Game 1.

Tweet of the Day: "#1 sign things went bad last night: There's a debate in the blog comments about the merits of putting Eyenga on Westbrook." -- ESPNLandoLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "There is one thing to take from the Lakers performance, they are simply overmatched. There is no crime in not being good enough, this Oklahoma team has been building up to this season since the Owner drafted Durant during the last season in Seattle and they traded Ray Allen. I am a Laker fan but realistically the Lakers are badly overmatched. The Kobe era is coming to a close. Bynum is going to hold the Lakers hostage as we come up to the trade deadline next season." -- markjsunz


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