--The Times' Mike Bresnahan focuses on Kobe Bryant's decision to guard Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook again Friday in Game 6.
--Despite covering Bryant during his entire 13-year career in the NBA, it still amazes The Times' Mark Heisler when he sees the Black Mamba rise through adversity.
--The Times' Broderick Turner breaks down how the Lakers can duplicate their Game 5 effort in Game 6.--The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson highlights the Thunder's strong fan support.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains why Phil Jackson credited much of the Lakers' Game 5 victory to "raw energy."
--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer dissects the Lakers' Game 5 victory.--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky provides some notes from practice as well as video.
--Fox Sports' Mark Kriegal argues that the Lakers are in control of their first-round series with Oklahoma City.
--Laker Noise's Roland Lazenby credits Tex Winter for Bryant's facilitating skills.
--The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry details what adjustments OKC Coach Scott Brooks needs to make for Game 6. Mayberry also details all the various adjustments both the Lakers and Thunder made in the series.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains why the Lakers should benefit from rest before Game 6.
--NBA.com rekindles memories of Jerry West's 60-foot buzzer beater he made 40 years ago in the video below.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne reports that Jeanie Buss believes Jackson will coach next year, although she doesn't know with which team.
--Shelburne also argues that Bryant's willingness to guard Westbrook highlights his maturity, particularly adjusting his game while nursing his assorted injuries.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton details all the varying and conflicting explanations the Lakers provided for what contributed to the dominating Game 5 victory over the Thunder.--The Oklahoman's John Rohde argues that the series hasn't started yet because no team has won on the road.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford has more on Bryant's defense on Westbrook.
--The Oklahoman's Barry Tramel believes that Oklahoma City's ignorance could be bliss when it comes to bouncing back in the series.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down the adjustments the Lakers made in Game 5.
--The Daily Thunder is excited that the OKC faithful plan to wear blue again for Game 6.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius looks at how much better the Lakers executed the triangle offense.--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark feels a lot better about the Lakers after their Game 5 victory.
Tweet of the Day: "last Laker game their starting and backup point guards (Fisher/Farmar) totalled 1 assist - yet LA had more for the game than OK City" -- EricPincus (Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus).
Reader Comment of the Day: "I am hoping Kobe stays in this attack mode. With his outside shot as inconsistant as it has been, his work inside, drawing the defense will be essential. All in all I feel a lot better now about our chances for the entire playoffs." -- michael h
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom blocks a shot by Oklahoma City guard James Harden in Game 5 on Tuesday night. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times