Mike Bresnahan covers the Lakers for The Times and ties up loose ends before all their playoff games. The Lakers trail Oklahoma City, 1-0, in their best-of-seven series.
The Lakers pulled off a stunner: Andrew Bynum talked on the day of a game.
It's not the shocker Lakers fans hoped to see two days after their team got bludgeoned by the Oklahoma City Thunder, but I was definitely surprised.
Before every game, Bynum acts like the starting pitcher in Game 7 of the World Series. Doesn't like to talk. Doesn't field questions from reporters.
It's a new phenomenon, something he came up with the last year or two.
So it's going to happen a lot more often in the future? No.
"This is a makeup," said Bynum, who skipped out on talking to reporters after Tuesday's practice.
Q&A of the day
Q: Please run this by the team. They need to be stronger, more physical. Play smart, be poised.
-- Edwin B.
A: Hey, Pau: Be stronger, more physical. Hey Ebanks: Play smart, be poised.
There. I've done my part.
The Lakers trailed by 35 in Game 1, did not get a fastbreak point, forced only four turnovers and are on the road again for Game 2.
The pick: Thunder.
Bresnahan's record: 6-2.