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Don’t be surprised if Thunder force Game 7

As dominant as the Lakers looked Tuesday, a Game 7 on Sunday still looks like a pretty strong bet.…

Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder remain young and athletic, as well as determined not to disappoint their roof-raising, noise-making fans in Game 6.…

Putting Kobe Bryant on Russell Westbrook was a (Zen) masterstroke by Phil Jackson.…

TNT’s Charles Barkley, after Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol combined for 46 points and 22 rebounds in Game 5: “When them two big boys are rolling, the Lakers are tough.” …

Based on talent, Lamar Odom should be a leading candidate for NBA sixth man of the year every season.…

Based on consistency, he should not.…

The Clippers, perhaps waiting for LeBron James to make his preference known, seem to be in no hurry to hire a coach.…

James’ mysterious elbow injury, which prompted him to shoot a free throw left-handed the other night, might be more worrisome to Cleveland Cavaliers fans if the soon-to-be two-time MVP hadn’t continued performing at such a high level. …

“I don’t know why Ned Colletti is mad at Matt Kemp,” reader Sterling Buckingham of Canyon Country e-mails to note. “He hasn’t been pitching.” …

Maybe that’s next.…

Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees, 2-0 against the Angels after Saturday’s victory at Angel Stadium, is one of three active starting pitchers who have defeated the California Angels, the Anaheim Angels and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.…

The others are Tim Wakefield of the Boston Red Sox and Jamie Moyer of the Philadelphia Phillies.…

The future looks bright for Drew Doughty and the up-and-coming Kings — as it did for Adam Deadmarsh and the Kings in 2001 and Elton Brand and the Clippers in 2006.…

The next step tells the tale.…

Tim Tebow’s Denver Broncos jersey is the top seller among rookies at NFLShop.com.…

Noting that injury-ignoring Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Kerri Strug was married this week, reader Bill Littlejohn of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., e-mails to ask, “Bela Karolyi didn’t carry her down the aisle, did he?” …

With a single to right in his last at-bat Sunday, Kevin Pillar of Cal State Dominguez Hills extended his hitting streak to 47 games, two shy of the NCAA Division II record, heading into a season-ending four-game series against Cal State Stanislaus. …

Quarterback Max Wittek, a junior at Santa Ana Mater Dei High, has made a commitment to Lane Kiffin, meaning that Wittek should exit USC at about the same time already-committed seventh-grader David Sills arrives from Bear, Del.…

When Alec Baldwin’s character in " 30 Rock” asked his much younger date, played by Elizabeth Banks, if she knew who Lee Marvin was, she replied, “The sportscaster who bites ladies.” …

Marv Albert’s infamy lives.…

According to “The Underground Baseball Encyclopedia,” Angels newcomer Hideki Matsui is “known around baseball for his enormous private library of adult films,” Sports Illustrated once noting that Matsui’s stash included about 55,000 items. …

Dana Altman, hired to coach the men’s basketball team at Oregon after other more high-profile candidates reportedly turned down the job, trotted out an old line when he noted, “You look at my wife, you look at me, I wasn’t her first choice either.” …

It was funny, but it wasn’t original, echoing comments made by ex- UCLA football coach Bob Toledo and numerous others. …

Forty-five years ago this month, after teammate Elgin Baylor suffered a season-ending knee injury in Game 1, Jerry West averaged 46.3 points a game in a playoff series against the Baltimore Bullets, still an NBA record.…

Thursday marks the 30th anniversary of an event in Arizona — a boy with leukemia was named an honorary police patrolman — that led to the founding of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which says about one in 15 wishes it grants children with life-threatening medical conditions is sports-related.…

Slugger Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies, after agreeing to a five-year, $125-million contract extension: “That wasn’t a very hard decision.” …

One would hope not.

jerome.crowe@latimes.com

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