--The Denver Post’s Benjamin Hochman examines George Karl’s contention that Andrew Bynum played plenty of illegal defense in the Lakers’ 103-88 win Sunday over the Nuggets in Game 1 of their playoff series.
--The Times’ Mike Bresnahan credits Bynum’s defensive effort for leading the Lakers to victory.
--The Orange County Register’s Kevin Ding believes the Lakers’ success will depend on their defense.
--The Daily News’ Elliott Teaford highlights Bynum’s block party.
--The Times’ Ben Bolch details Denver’s struggles on offense.
--The Orange County Register’s Janis Carr calls Bynum a “monster” on defense.
--The Denver Post’s Christopher Dempsey mentions how Danilo Gallinari’s good game went to waste.
--The Daily News’ Teaford mentions how plenty of Kobe Bryant’s teammates provided contributions.
--The Times’ Bill Plaschke credits Bryant for empowering his teammates.
--The Daily News’ Vincent Bonsignore muses that Bynum’s great performance didn’t earn him a spot in the interview room.
--The Denver Post’s Mark Kizzla criticizes Ty Lawson’s disappearing act.
--Fox Sports’ Mark Kriegal argues the Lakers are a better team this season.
--ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin explains how Bynum controlled Game 1.
--The Orange County Register’s Jeff Miller believes Bynum has no fear.
--Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowksi reports Bynum sat on the team bus during the Lakers’ season finale Thursday against the Kings. Wojnarowski also tracks Bynum’s progress in both his game and behavior.
--ESPN Los Angeles’ Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers-Nuggets game.
--Silver Screen and Roll’s C.A. Clark argued Bynum’s performance proves he knows the blueprint for success.
--Forum Blue and Gold’s Darius Soriano breaks down the Lakers’ defense.
Tweet of the Day: “I’ve been told that Jordan Hill *must* appear in person Tuesday at a Houston court at 9:30 a.m. CT. The Lakers play host to DEN at 7:30 p.m.” -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan)