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Lakers are getting little production from their point guards

Ramon Sessions has two points and no assists in 24 minutes and Steve Blake has only five points on one-for-five shooting as Lakers lose Game 2 to the Thunder by two points.

May 16, 2012|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Oklahoma City fans want the referee to call out of bounds on Lakers guard Steve Blake during the Lakers' 77-75 loss in Game 2 on Wednesday.
Oklahoma City fans want the referee to call out of bounds on Lakers guard… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Point broken.

The Lakers continued to suffer in point-guard production against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Ramon Sessions had two points and no assists in 24 minutes of the Lakers' 77-75 loss in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Steve Blake had five points on one-for-five shooting in almost 27 minutes Wednesday.

Blake missed the possible go-ahead shot with 3.9 seconds to play, his three-point attempt from the corner a little long and a tad to the right.

"I'm going to take that shot," Blake said. "It was a good look. I just happened to miss it this time."

On one third-quarter play, Sessions missed a fastbreak dunk, leading to a four-on-one the other way and a dunk by Kevin Durant.

Not a good game for the Lakers' point guards. Not a good series.

Sessions also had two points in Game 1. Blake was scoreless in that 119-90 loss.

Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook had 15 points, but he made only five of 17 shots.

Bynum, Ebanks fined

Andrew Bynum continues to rack up financial hits, getting docked $15,000 by the NBA for skipping an interview session with reporters after Tuesday's practice.

He has earned almost $460,000 in fines and lost salary from suspensions this season.

The rule he broke Tuesday was an easy one. Players are supposed to make themselves available to media members after practices and games.

"As soon as the coach said we could go [Tuesday], I bonked out on you guys," Bynum said Wednesday, suggesting he simply forgot to talk to reporters.

Bynum forfeited $436,000 in lost salary from his four-game suspension at the start of season for body-slamming Jose Barea in last season's playoffs against Dallas. He was scheduled to make $12 million this season, the prorated portion for a 66-game schedule, not including his financial penalties.

Bynum was also fined about $7,500 by the Lakers in March for events stemming from an ill-advised three-point attempt early in the third quarter of a close game against Golden State.

Bynum wasn't the only Laker to hear from the NBA on Wednesday. Forward Devin Ebanks was also fined, surrendering $25,000 for his actions after getting ejected late in Game 1 against Oklahoma City.

Ebanks kicked a chair on the Lakers' bench and yanked off his jersey as he disappeared into a tunnel toward the locker room. He was getting paid a prorated $635,000 this season.

Competition committee

The Lakers' Mitch Kupchak was one of four general managers selected to the league's Competition Committee, the NBA announced Wednesday.

The committee, which meets to discuss rules changes, used to consist of a general manager from each team, but the NBA reconfigured it to two owners, three coaches, the four general managers and one representative from the players' association.

If the committee votes to change a rule or other competitive item, it will be brought to the Board of Governors for a final vote.

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