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Will Thunder close out against the Lakers? (Web links)

May 21, 2012|By Mark Medina
  • The Lakers are one defeat away from elimination after a 103-100 setback in Game 4.
The Lakers are one defeat away from elimination after a 103-100 setback… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

--The Times' Ben Bolch wonders how the Lakers can bounce back in Game 5. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr reports that Staples Center officials don't believe the slippery floor was an issue.

--ESPN.com's John Hollinger believes the Lakers are simply too tired.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper argues Kevin Durant strikes the right balance when he's shooting aggressively.

--A panel of ESPN.com writers debate whether the Lakers will win Game 5.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky compares Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol to John Lennon and Paul McCartney. In AK's eyes, the band's breaking up.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky argues it's more beneficial for both the Lakers and Pau Gasol that they part ways in the offseason.

--The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry credits the Thunder for closing out games well.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford details how the Lakers are searching for answers.

--The Oklahoman's Barry Tramel explains how the Lakers helped the Thunder grow up fast.

--Fox Sports West's Kiki Vandeweghe argues the Lakers need to set up Andrew Bynum and Gasol better in the post.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker provides a list on how the Lakers can win Game 5.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano notes how the chemistry between Gasol and Bryant has soured.

Tweet of the Day: "There's a great reason fans don't run teams. Every time a player makes a mistake they want to get rid of him." -- lazenby (Lakers author Roland Lazenby)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Hey Kobe--thanks for the tread marks all over my back.Your pal, Pau" -- johnnyrussia

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