Game two of the Lakers/Nuggets first round series is in the books with the home team holding court. The Lakers let a 19-point lead slip away, but managed to hang on for the win during a lively fourth quarter. Kobe Bryant had a superb game, and the setting will now shift – the Lakers play in Denver on Friday. It can be a daunting environment but the storyline has to remain simple – control the pace, play inside-out, and keep advancing in the playoffs. Here are the links:
Brian Kamenetzky at the Land O’Lakers interviews Mike Brown and Kobe Bryant, in a look at expectations and the coach’s first year.
Andy Kamenetzky at the Land O’Lakers has last night’s rapid reaction to the win against Denver.
Dexter Fishmore at Silver Screen and Roll writes about the Mamba taking over.
Kevin Ding at the OCRegister reports that Andrew Bynum believes in his knees, now and later.
Mark Medina at the L.A. Times writes about Jordan Hill’s pending charges, his back pain, and his continued solid minutes for the Lakers.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports looks at this year’s Kobe versus last year’s Kobe.
Hardwood Paroxysm offers a diverse Lakers/Nuggets series preview, written by Jared Dublin, Scott Leedy, and Sean Highkin,
Brent Pollakoff at ProBasketballTalk looks at the Lakers’ win, noting that Denver showed signs of life.
Daniel Buerge at Lakers Nation has video on last night’s win.
There’s a palpable difference from this time last year – the team is showing energy, solidarity, and commitment. If I I have any criticism of last night’s game, it’s letting Denver back into the game – it would have been nice to rest the starters in the fourth quarter. Coach Brown is using a tight rotation without Metta World Peace in the picture – any real bench burn will have to come with healthy fourth quarter leads. We’re well into our Denver segue, next stop is the mile-high city.
– Dave Murphy