Lakers News, Rumors, and Recap: Lakers Play Game 5 Tonight

The Lakers play what could be their final game of Round 1 of the playoffs tonight. Leading this series with the Nuggets 3-1, tonight’s game would give the Lakers a great first run, and some rest before Round 2 against the Thunder. World Peace would sit out the first game of Round 2 assuming the Lakers win tonight.

What I like most about this series so far, is it hasn’t been all about Kobe. No one can deny the force that is Bryant, but Mike Brown has been guiding his team to look at other avenues to win. Proof of this is in the scoring; six Lakers players scored in the double digits in game four. Bynum has been getting much praise the past few games and Gasol continues to show he can be counted on. Blake and Barnes cinched the game win Sunday night, while Ebanks and Hill have gotten the attention of Mike Brown, resulting in more play time. What tonight’s game comes down to at home is whether or not the Lakers can maintain control of the game. The tempo here is important; Denver likes to work fast.

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Series Results
Game 1: Nuggets 88 @ Lakers 103
Game 2: Nuggets 100 @ Lakers 104
Game 3: Lakers 84 @ Nuggets 99
Game 4: Lakers 92 @ Nuggets 88
Lakers lead series 3-1

Game 5, First Round, Western Conference
Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers
7:30 PM PST, May 8, 2012
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Radio: 710 AM (English), 1330 AM (Spanish)

Nuggets Projected Starting Line-Up:
PG: Ty Lawson
SG: Arron Afflalo
SF: Danilo Gallinari
PF: Kenneth Faried
C: Timofey Mozgov

Key Reserves: G Andre Miller, F Corey Brewer, PF Al Harrington, C JaVale McGee

Lakers Nation News

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Video: Future of Sessions and World Peace on Conan

Metta on Conan O’Brien Last Night

Metta World Peace Hasn’t Contacted Harden Since Elbow

Game 4 Intruder “Disoriented”

Mike Brown Content with Devin Ebanks and Matt Barnes

Bynum: Close Out Games are Easy

Mike Brown Wants to Write Own Legacy in LA

Lakers Preseason Schedule

Top 5 Centers in Lakers History

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Lakers News

Bynum Jokes He Can’t Grow a Playoff Beard [LA Times]

Mike Brown Won’t Intentionally Lose [ESPN]

Game 5 Preview [Silver Screen and Roll]

The Sessions- Blake Backcourt, Ebanks, and Choices [Land O’ Lakers]

Monday Practice Videos [ESPN LA]

Rookie Review: The Playoff Shift [Lakers]

Game 5 Preview and Chat [Forum Blue and Gold]

Playoffs: Lakers Look to Cinch Series Win [SB Nation]

Jordan Hill on 710 ESPN [ESPN LA]

Ebanks Maintains He is Not Looking Toward Free Agency [LA Times]

Is George Karl Shooting Denver in the Foot? [Silver Screen and Roll]

World Peace Has Not Called James Harden [OC Register]

NBA News

Clippers- Grizzlies Game 4: The Morning After [OC Register]

Former NBA Playere Popeye Jones’ Son is Best Hockey Prospect in America [SB Nation]

Davis to Undergo Surgery, Miss a Year []

Noah Out for Game 5 [ESPN]

Chris Paul: Lob City Resident, Local Hero [Blogger So Dear]

CP3 Gets an A on His Report Card [Eye On Basketball]

The Lady Who Walked on Court NOT Martin’s Stalker? [Yahoo Sports]

Spurs are the NBA Title Favorites [SB Nation]

Update on Bobcats Coaching Hunt [Rufus on Fire]

Lin Unlikely to Play in Game 5 []

The Happiest Cautionary Tale the NBA Has Seen: Baron Davis [SB Nation]

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