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Lakers Roundtable: L.A. Times' Mark Medina and the Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry break down Lakers-Thunder matchup

If the Lakers had it their way, the playoffs would begin already.

There'd be no anxieties over homecourt advantage implications, with the Lakers currently in second place in the West with a two-game lead over Dallas, a one-game edge over Oklahoma City and in a tie with the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. There'd be no more wondering whether their four-game losing streak comes at exactly the wrong time. And there'd be few charges from Coach Phil Jackson questioning the team's professionalism.

But there are still three games to play and the Lakers at least have to be in attendance. The Lakers' game Sunday at Staples Center against Oklahoma City should have plenty of intrigue, however. Besides the standings implications, the Lakers have never matched up with the Thunder since it acquired Kendrick Perkins. The Lakers believe the Thunder gave them enough of a test in the 2010 playoffs. But the veteran, tested and physical presence that Perkins provided for Boston only elevates OKC's play. Plus there's the whole controversy surrounding Perkins' comments about Pau Gasol being soft, so don't expect another Lakers mail-it-in effort. Or at least we think.

There's plenty to discuss regarding this game, and the Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry shared his time to break it down.

Among the highlights:

--Mayberry says Perkins hasn't spoken about Gasol since making his initial comments to ESPN The Magazine. But Mayberry made it clear Perkins has stood behind his statement.

--Mayberry says the Thunder's two recent victories against Denver should help it when the two teams presumably square off in the first-round.

--Mayberry breaks down a possible Lakers-Thunder playoff series.

--Mayberry believes Kevin Durant will be the team's X factor considering he hasn't shot well at Staples Center against either the Lakers or Clippers.

--You can follow more of Mayberry's work at the Oklahoman's website and on Twitter.

-- Mark Medina

Email the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

 
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Bulls are up 2 points with 5:30 left playing the magic with no dwight.
Does anyone know the record of magic and bulls?

This could a very interesting play off match up, especially if the bulls cant beat em without dwight, or barely do.

ah, by record I mean like, how have they matched up against one another this year whats the series at

Diandra,

If Orlando wins, they split the season. Both teams winning on each other's court.

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

triangulator- glad to see you back!

Orlando won the first game by 29 early in the season. Chicago won the 2nd game by 9 and then the third by 8.

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

Thanks Diandra. It's good to be back. I've compiled a list of trolls that I just scroll past without bothering to read. Makes life easier.

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

The Magic fought hard without Dwight. Should be a great 2nd round series. Magic playoff experience could turn the table. But Bulls will be tough.

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

Both MIA and BOS have 2 games after today. MIA on the road at ATL and TOR. BOS on the road at WAS and then at home against NYK.

This game is definitely important as both teams could easily win out their last two.

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

Doesn't Boston play Chicago too or has that already happened? (I've been so out of the loop because of school)

Diandra, no. Chicago and Boston don't play anymore.

Princess Jimmy just got fouled by Jermaine O'Neal and they called a flagrant one. It should've just been called as a blocking foul.

Especially since Kobe got pushed in the back on a dunk attempt in the Dallas game and it wasn't called a flagrant one. If that wasn't a flagrant, then O'Neal's foul was a no call.

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

Aerial Coverage of an Indoor Game. ROFLMAO. Just advertise Goodyear tires and get it over with!

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

King James is angry. Lakers would rather meet the Cs than the Heat.

JUMP ABOARD...KINGS MOVING BUS...
We don't know where we are moving to, but we are moving!!!

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Sonny Belfast - Driver
Posted by: LEWSTRS | April 10, 2011 at 08:57 AM

Nice bus there hotshot.

I have no permanent ties with Sacramento, and will root for the Kings
no matter where they end up...even though it seems likely that it will be
in the sewer so many of you call home.

But, there are a lot of great Sacramento Kings fans who are really hurting
now. The final NBA rip off.

Just remember: What goes around, comes around.

Go Kings/Royals!
Go San Francisco Giants! (I can think of a few Dodger fans who need to be captured, castrated, and strung up...cretin animals)
Go Niners!

Sonnybelfast

Sonny I feel for your Queens...and the Sactown fans...I mean when will they ring their cowbells now....

But as far as what goes around, comes around....You may need to ask what sins your franchise has committed, for it's 'coming around' for you guys now...

Lakers moving the franchise...NEVER...The Kings have a better chance of winning a championship, than the Lakers ever moving away from Los Angeles...

Good Luck to your team...and you can have your playoffs on Wed when you play us for the final game of the season...

Sonny I feel for your Queens...and the Sactown fans...I mean when will they ring their cowbells now....

But as far as what goes around, comes around....You may need to ask what sins your franchise has committed, for it's 'coming around' for you guys now...

Lakers moving the franchise...NEVER...The Kings have a better chance of winning a championship, than the Lakers ever moving away from Los Angeles...

Good Luck to your team...and you can have your playoffs on Wed when you play us for the final game of the season...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | April 10, 2011 at 02:08 PM

Right...Like I said...

Sonnybelfast

Dwayne Olajuwon Wade. There seems to be the passing of the guard with the Heat and the Cs.

LBJ is great drawing the whole celtics team and then dishing to the open man. If only kobe used to do that. Kobe would have bricked that shot no doubt. If la was to faced the heat the only way we will win is if bynum or gasol is the mvp. but we all know kobe will never allow that.

The Heat team is a juggernaut!! I don't see any team stopping them in the east. I said this months ago even when they were struggling. When LBJ is on top of his game nobody is better. The man is a combination of jordan and magic the best of two worlds. But their defense is just outstanding.

Wade and LeBron are both trying to be Kobe...

Chasing his success and records...and most important...

Rings...

Too bad when it's all said and done...

Durant and Rose will have a better resume...

You heard it from me first...

Pau "Pussy Paws" Gasol is soft.

He's a great "finesse" player, but there's no denying he's a drama queen, crybaby, easily pushed around, and plays lazy matador defense. No way Lakers would have won two titles without him, but he's still soft. Those who claim otherwise are just blind fan-atics who refuse to accept anything other than slavish adulation for the Lakers.

Cue comment deletion for not posting the party line.

Island Priest, how long has LBJ been in the league? 8 years? How many Rings does he have? Window for him is fast closing in.. I say 4 more years.. max...before his atheticism begins to fade. I tell you Rose and Durant will get thiers before James does.

au "Pussy Paws" Gasol is soft.

He's a great "finesse" player, but there's no denying he's a drama queen, crybaby, easily pushed around, and plays lazy matador defense. No way Lakers would have won two titles without him, but he's still soft. Those who claim otherwise are just blind fan-atics who refuse to accept anything other than slavish adulation for the Lakers.

Cue comment deletion for not posting the party line.

Posted by: Tom Mayvern | April 10, 2011 at 03:35 PM

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I will have Pau anyday over your brute player Perkins one-on-one. Amare couldn't touch Pau's jock. Heck even Garnet stopped pimpin' in last years' finals.

Go Lakers!!! Go Kobe!!


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