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Monday, April 19, 2010
Lakers quiet Thunder: The reactions

By Andy Kamenetzky

Brian and I discussed several aspects of the 87-79 win, including Andrew Bynum's shoulder shiver heard 'round the world:



But that's just the tip of the analytic iceberg when it comes to opinions shared about this game. Like many folks, ESPNLA.com's Ramona Shelburne was impressed by Ron Artest's efforts locking up Kevin Durant:


While Kobe Bryant's shooting woes raised the eyebrows of ESPNLA.com's Dave McMenamin, the scribe thinks Andrew Bynum's return could potentially offset that issue:


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GAME REPORTS
-Mike Baldwin, Daily Oklahoman
-Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
-Kevin Ding, Orange County Register
Elliott Teaford, Los Angeles Daily News


NOTEBOOK ITEMS

-David Lassen (PE), on the Lakers' length
-Darnell Mayberry (DO) on Scott Brook's playoff learning experience
-Broderick Turner (LAT) on Artest's defense

COLUMNS AND BLOGS
-Sam Amick (Fanhouse.com) talks about Artest's D spoiling Durant's debut.
-Vincent Bonsignore (DN) thinks Bynum is a huge advantage for the Lakers, literally and figuratively.
-Mark Heisler (LAT) thinks the Lakers finally woke up.
-Trey Kirby (Ball Don't Lie) is ashamed of Sasha Vujacic for punking out on the playoff beards.
-Mark Kreigel (Foxsports.com) thinks Artest's D lived up to its rep.
-Jeff Miller (OCR) wouldn't wanna be in Artest's head, but respects his D.
-Bill Plaschke (LAT), declares Artest's D special.
-T.J. Simers was impressed with Bynum's presence, less so with Bynum's shot on Green. (FYI, we actually recommended "Life of Pi" to Drew. AWESOME book.)
-Darius Soriano (Forum Blue and Gold) declared this ugly win a defensive triumph.
-Ian Thomson (Sports Illustrated) examines several aspects of the win.
-Berry Tramell (DO) imagines how competitive the Thunder can be with a good game from Durant.
-Royce Webb (Daily Thunder) thinks the shooting struggles of Kobe and KD canceled each other out.
-Adrian Wojnarowski (Yahoo!) thinks Artest is plenty complex, but a great defender.