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Caught in the Web: Analyzing Lakers' 87-79 victory over Oklahoma City Thunder

April 19, 2010 |  9:11 am

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan outlines the Lakers' inconsistency in their 87-79 Game 1 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

--The Oklahoman's Mike Baldwin documents the Thunder's poor start.

--NBA.com's Bryan Chu details how Andrew Bynum's aggressiveness set the tone for the rest of the game.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen details the Lakers' improved defensive intensity.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen breaks down some of the nuts and bolts regarding the Lakers' victory.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding chalks up the Lakers' win as a statement game.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford argues the Lakers secured some momentum with the victory.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan notes Kobe Bryant's shooting struggles and Lakers Coach Phil Jackson wearing his 2009 championship ring.

--Lakers guard Derek Fisher tells The Times' Broderick Turner he doesn't plan to retire after this season, but he acknowledges he's not sure what his future with the Lakers entails. Turner also documents how Thunder guard Russell Westbrook burned Fisher.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr ticks off the good and the bad of the Lakers' Game 1 victory.

--The Daily News' Teaford highlights Ron Artest's defensive effort on Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen has a medical update on reserve center D.J. Mbenga.

-- The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry and Berry Tramel detail why the Lakers have respect for the Thunder.

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke argues Artest's defense on Durant helped the Lakers make up for Bryant's poor shooting night and Fisher's poor defense on Westbrook.

--The Times' T.J. Simers is pleasantly surprised with Andrew Bynum's big game, which also entailed having a tussle with Oklahoma City forward Jeff Green.

--The Times' Mark Heisler highlights some of the Lakers' encouraging signs, including Bynum's play. But he also expresses concern about Bryant's poor shooting.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore believes Bynum's presence alone will continue to give the Thunder fits.

--The Orange County Register's Ding observes Bynum's growing maturity.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande provides the latest case study on how sports writers try to ensure maintaining their endurance during their long work hours. Adande had a live chat for the Lakers-Thunder game and then quickly travelled to Phoenix for the Suns-Blazers game.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper believes it will take some time for the Lakers to look in full post-season form, but he doesn't think it's a cause for concern.

--Fox Sports' Mark Kriegel and Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski explain why the Lakers made the right choice in acquiring Artest.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller explains what makes Artest tick.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues that Bynum will be the key to the Lakers' chances to repeat.

--The Oklahoman's Mayberry explains how the postseason is a learning experience for Thunder Coach Scott Brooks.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton compared Bynum's dominance to Shaquille O'Neal.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne highlights how Artest disrupted Durant's rhythm.

--The Oklahoman's Tramel argues that if Durant turns around his play, the Thunder will give the Lakers trouble the rest of the series.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker explains how Bynum transitioned so quickly back into the lineup after missing the past 13 games because of a strained left Achilles' tendon.

Blogs

--The Daily Thunder chalked up OKC's poor first-quarter start to inexperience, but credited the Thunder for making adjustments.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down the game, analyze some numbers and present moving pictures.

--Forum Blue and Gold credits the Lakers' defense.

-Hardwood Paroxysm wasn't all that impressed with the game, period. So much in fact they reenacted themselves portions of the game.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a running diary on all the action.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore described the Lakers victory as a "clutchy, clangy Game One."

Tweet of the Day: "I think I figured out what Ron's hair reminds me of - the shag '70s carpeting in the Brady Bunch house" -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' NBA reporter Dave McMenamin)

Reader Comment of the Day:"This game was more about heart and our team's offensive discipline than anything the Thunder can throw at us. They're young, explosive and will be a very tough first round opponent, but if we play our best game against them, I have a hard time seeing how this Thunder squad can win any games at Staples and I wager we'll win one in OKC." -- Jamie Sweet

--Mark Medina

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