Western conference’s No. 1 seed Los Angeles Lakers will face No. 8 seed Oklahoma City Thunder for the 2010 NBA Playoffs first round.
LAKERS VS THUNDER PREVIEW
Two days of long practices and bonding over a steak dinner have the Los Angeles Lakers ready to defend their NBA championship.
They’ll begin Sunday against All-Star Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, whose youth and speed the Lakers will counter with Kobe Bryant and experience.
Durant led the NBA in scoring with 30.1 points; Bryant was fourth-best with 27.0.
After stumbling through the end of the regular season, the Lakers are feeling good about themselves thanks to Bryant’s improved health and the return of Andrew Bynum.
Bryant sat out four of the final five games to rest a swollen right knee and a broken index finger on his right hand. He’s got a bum ankle, too. But he said the time off has revived him.
Bynum missed 13 straight games because of a strained right Achilles’ tendon. He said there was no pain or swelling after practice Saturday, and coach Phil Jackson said he hopes Bynum can play the game’s first eight minutes.
“They’ve got so many weapons, from the first man to the end of the bench,” Durant said. “It’s going to be tough.”
Bynum and Pau Gasol give the Lakers two 7-footers to patrol the paint, something Derek Fisher compared to “playing volleyball above everyone’s heads.”
The Lakers earned the top seed in the Western Conference with 57 wins. The Thunder claimed the eighth spot to earn their first postseason berth since moving from Seattle two years ago. (Source)
Here’s Los Angeles vs Oklahoma City Series Matchup Schedule:
GAME 1: Sun, April 18 3:00 pm ET @Los Angeles ABC
Lakers 87 – Thunder 79
GAME 2: Tue, April 20 10:30 pm ET @Los Angeles TNT
Lakers 95 – Thunder 92
GAME 3: Thu, April 22 9:30 pm ET @Oklahoma TNT
Lakers 96 – Thunder 101
GAME 4: Sat, April 24 9:30 pm ET @Oklahoma ESPN
Lakers 89 – Thunder 110
GAME 5: Tue, April 27 10:30 pm ET @Los Angeles TNT
Lakers 111 – Thunder 87
GAME 6: Fri, April 30 9:30 pm ET @Oklahoma ESPN
Lakers 95 – Thunder 94
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Game 1 UPDATE: Lakers takes Game 1, 87-79. Lakers lead series 1-0
Game 2 UPDATE: Lakers takes Game 2, 95-92. Lakers now lead series 2-0 in their Western Conference playoff series. Kobe Bryant scored 39 points.
Game 3 UPDATE: OC Thunder won their first playoff game in a Game 3 thrill against the Lakers, 101-96. Russell Westbrook scored 27 points. Still the Lakers lead the series 2-1.
Game 4 UPDATE: Thunder evened the first round series at 2-2 with 110-89 win over Lakers in Game 4 on Saturday night. Durant scored 22 points, Russell Westbrook added 18 points and 8 rebounds.
GAME 5 UPDATE: LA Lakers regroup and thumped OC Thunder with a win in Game 5 111-87 to take 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series. Pau Gasol had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Andrew Bynum added 21 points
GAME 6 UPDATE: Los Angeles Lakers advances to the 2nd round of the 2010 playoffs as they defeated the Thunder 95-94 in Game 6. Pau Gasol tipped in Kobe Bryant’s miss with .5 seconds left as the Lakers KO’d the Thunder in a hard-fought series. Lakers will take on the Jazz in the Conference Semifinals.