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Game stories

--The Times’ Mike Bresnahan details the Lakers’ disappointing 102-93 loss Thursday to the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

--The Daily News’ Elliott Teaford looks at how the Lakers couldn’t keep up with the Thunder.

Notebooks

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--The Daily News’ Teaford quotes a Lakers insider who mentioned Andrew Bynum’s ill-advised three-pointer was just the “tip of the iceberg” that irked Coach Mike Brown.

Sidebars

--The Times’ Baxter Holmes documents Russell Westbrook’s speed.

--Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins explains how the Lakers hardly looked like a contender.

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--The Times’ Melissa Rohlin highlights Derek Fisher’s return to L.A.

--I talk about Ramon Sessions’ recent struggles.

--Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears details how Fisher is overcoming the bitterness he felt regarding the Lakers trading him.

Columns

--The Times’ Bill Plaschke rips the Lakers for trading Derek Fisher and believes they have no chance in beating the Thunder in the playoffs.

--CBS Sports’ Ken Berger considers the Lakers a major threat.

--The Daily News’ Jill Painter mentions how Fisher has moved on since being traded by the Lakers.

--ESPN Los Angeles’ Ramona Shelburne argues the Lakers have faded in the Western Conference.

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--The Orange County Register’s Mark Whicker argues the Thunder proved its superiority against the Lakers.

--Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock argues Bryant is the Lakers’ problem.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles’ Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers’ loss to Oklahoma City.

--Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe takes plenty from the Thunder-Lakers game.

--ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin provides a checklist of things the Lakers need to master before the playoffs.

Tweet of the Day: “There have been no discussions about Magic Johnson quitting as Lakers VP. There may never be either. Mostly ceremonial post at this point.” -- SHowardCooper (NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: “Kobe heavy minutes in the first half of the season is now taking effect as his shooting percentage is awful. He must now change his game and fit in with the rest of the team. Lakers did get rid of some bad contracts and must improve the bench next year. To bad they could not keep Fisher and unload Blake’s longer contract. Blake has lost confidence in his 3 pt shot and his defense is suspect. Lakers need to work in rookie AG more as he can score on drives or hit the 3. " -- Redlands laker fan

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