Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsLakers Thunder
IN THE NEWS

Lakers Thunder

FEATURED ARTICLES
SPORTS
March 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Some things to keep an eye on when the Lakers (31-19) host the Oklahoma City Thunder (38-12) on Thursday at Staples Center. 1. How will Andrew Bynum play? The Lakers may like to put everything behind them regarding Andrew Bynum's benching Tuesday against Golden State for taking an ill-advised three-pointer. Still, even if Lakers Coach Mike Brown said Bynum didn't cause any problems in Wednesday's practice, it matters more what happens in the games. Despite Bynum's claims to the contrary, I'd be highly surprised if he actually took another three-pointer.
ARTICLES BY DATE
SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Oklahoma City Thunder (46-16) have not played their best basketball of late, still adjusting to the return of point guard Russell Westbrook from a knee injury. The Lakers are arguably playing their worst over a three-game stretch, at least defensively.  They've given up 136 points a night to the New Orleans Pelicans, Denver Nuggets and Clippers. The Thunder average 105.7 a game while holding teams to 99.0.  The Lakers score 101.8 a game while yielding 107.9. While Oklahoma City is fighting for the top seeding in the Western Conference; the Lakers are at the absolute bottom.
Advertisement
SPORTS
April 22, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Join the Lakers-Thunder chat below!
SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It's a little unclear what happened the past week to the Lakers. Probably best to just recap: They beat Portland, lost to New Orleans, the Clippers and Denver by a combined 63 points, and then beat Oklahoma City. What? It made no sense but became official after the Lakers beat the Thunder, 114-110, Sunday at Staples Center. BOX SCORE: Lakers 114, Oklahoma City Thunder 110 They delivered their second head-scratcher in seven days as Jodie Meeks outscored Kevin Durant and the worst team in the Western Conference beat the team that was tied atop it. So the Lakers were good enough to win at playoff-bound Portland, which had happened only seven times in 32 regular-season tries since Kobe Bryant was a rookie, and strong enough to hold off Durant and his very talented friends Sunday.
SPORTS
April 21, 2012 | By Mark Medina
                                        Among the highlights of my conversation with the Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry on the Lakers-Thunder game: --What he makes of the NBPA executive committee asking for Derek Fisher's resignation as president. --How Mayberry measures Fisher's shooting struggles and locker-room presence with Oklahoma City.
SPORTS
March 22, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Thunder sped past the Lakers, and they couldn't keep up. The Lakers' championship experience surpassed the Thunder, and Oklahoma City couldn't provide a rebuttal. Two years after battling each other in a six-game first-round playoff series, both teams have acquired chess pieces that could set up an epic Western Conference finals contest. In a deal with Cleveland, the Lakers acquired guard Ramon Sessions, whose speed, play-making and youth allow him to move like a knight across the board.
SPORTS
March 22, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Laker fans have almost become numb to Kobe Bryant's heroics. They've seen his game-winners. They've witnessed all the times he's dropped 40-plus points. They know Bryant will play through pretty much any injury. These fans may still marvel at what Bryant does, but by now it's almost expected. Yet hardly anyone could anticipate Bryant somehow pulling off what he did in the Lakers' 109-93 victory Wednesday over the Dallas Mavericks. After beating Jason Kidd on a backdoor cut, Bryant received a pass over the top of the rim from Lakers forward Pau Gasol.
SPORTS
May 21, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Will the Lakers' season end today? Or will the Lakers extend the series? Join the Lakers-Thunder chat below!  
SPORTS
May 19, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Things to watch when the Lakers host the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on Saturday night for Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. The Thunder leads the series, 2-1. 1. Will the Lakers show fatigue? Kobe Bryant hardly showed much sympathy for his team having to play on back-to-back days. “Put your big boy pants on, leave your diaper at home," Bryant said after the Lakers' 99-96 Game 3 win over the Thunder. Still, this issue will go beyond whether the Lakers put in the effort.
SPORTS
May 19, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Among the highlights of Mike Brown's pregame news conference: --Brown plans to keep the same tight rotation despite playing the second night of back-to-back games. --Brown didn't schedule a morning shoot-around. Instead, he organized a walk-through around 5 p.m. to go over various coverages. --Brown said that Matt Barnes' playing time dipped to 10 minutes the last two games because of bad defensive mistakes. Still, Brown gave a vote of confidence he could turn around his struggles in the postseason, when he's shot only 28.6% from the field.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|