Lakers staying optimistic about Oklahoma City (Web links)


--The Times’ Mike Bresnahan explains why Kobe Bryant remained in high spirits following Tuesday’s practice.

--The Times’ Ben Bolch explains why Bryant and Derek Fisher have kept their friendship in check during this series.

--The Orange County Register’s Kevin Ding mentions that Bryant will still guard Russell Westbrook.

Advertisement’s Scott Howard-Cooper mentions how the Lakers still have persisting issues guarding Westbrook.

--ESPN Los Angeles’ Brian Kamenetzky looks at the various issues the Lakers need to correct in Game 2.

--Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe dissects Andrew Bynum’s defense.

--The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry provides five ways the Lakers might adjust in Game 2.

--ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin explains why Bryant refuses to take charges.

--The Oklahoman’s Barry Tramel focuses on Metta World Peace’s weird comments about a number of topics. Tramel also highlights Fisher’s contention that he wasn’t trying to show up the Lakers’ bench after hitting a late-game shot in Game 1.


--The Daily News’ Elliott Teaford highlights Bryant’s contention that the Lakers are both “edgy” and “loose” during Tuesday’s practice.’s Mike Trudell highlights the adjustments the Lakers may make for Game 2.

--Silver Screen and Roll’s Ben R struggles to find anything positive to take from the Lakers’ Game 1 loss to Oklahoma City.

Tweet of the Day: “Pau accidentally hits the video coordinator in the face with a shot. Kobe w/ the tough love: “Aw, did he cut you? Shed a tear, chump”” -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin)

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