Lonnie White's Xs and O's

Times Staff Writer

Staff writer Lonnie White breaks down keys to Game 1 and looks forward to Game 2:

Three keys from Game 1

Kobe's time--Bryant showed why he's the NBA's MVP once he took over.

Stop penetration--Lakers were often hurt by Tony Parker's dribble drives.

Duncan factor--Where's Kwame? Lakers' big men struggled to defend Tim Duncan.

Three keys for Game 2

Early start--Lakers need to realize conference finals start at 6 and not 7:30 p.m.

Rest--Expect the Spurs to have more stamina and play smarter with more sleep.

Foul trouble--Spurs can't afford to have Bruce Bowen on the bench because of fouls.

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