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Lakers Roundtable: Mark Medina and The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry preview the Lakers-Thunder series

April 16, 2010 | 11:09 am

There's still two days remaining before the Lakers and Oklahoma City begin their first-round matchup, meaning there will be plenty of time these next few days to dissect each team's roster, the teams' season history and all the developing storylines. The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry joined me in the latest edition of Lakers Roundtable and provided everything you need to get acquainted with the Thunder (50-32).

Among the highlights:

--The back-and-forth exchange between Lakers Coach Phil Jackson and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant. Jackson argued Durant benefits from officiating calls, while Durant counters his league-leading 840 trips to the free-throw line highlights his ability to draw contact.

--What stands out between the season series involving the Lakers and Thunder. The Lakers won three of the four games, but lost 91-75 on March 26 in their most recent matchup to Oklahoma City.

--What Oklahoma City guard Thabo Sefolosha can do to limit Kobe Bryant's effectiveness.

--Whether the Lakers' championship resume will be too much for the Thunder's playoff inexperience.

--Mayberry predicts the Lakers will win in six. I predicted the Lakers will take it in five, though I expect many close games throughout the series.

--You can follow more of Mayberry's work at The Oklahoman website as well as on his Twitter account.

--Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo Credit: Stephen Dunn, Getty Images.


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