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Lakers notebook: LA concerned?

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: April 26, 2010 at 3:42 am •  Published: April 26, 2010
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The Thunder has outscored the Lakers by 52 points at the free throw line, 72-17 in fast-break points. Oklahoma City is shooting 84.2 percent at the line, the Lakers 69.1. OKC outrebounded the Lakers in both games in the Ford Center.

Are the Lakers concerned?

"Anytime you get beat you’re concerned,” said Lakers star Kobe Bryant. "We just have to make some adjustments.”

Lakers center Pau Gasol said the bottom line is the series is tied.

"I’m not worried,” Gasol said. "I have a lot of strength inside me that is ready to play Game 5. It’s going to be a critical game. We have to regain our confidence, and our momentum in the series. We kind of lost it a little (Saturday) night. It’s just one game. It’s tied 2-2. We still have home-court advantage. We just need to get back and do what we need to do.”

Artest’s offensive struggles
Following the Lakers shootaround Saturday afternoon, hours before Game 4, Gasol and Andrew Bynum tried to help Ron Artest get more comfortable with coach Phil Jackson’s triangle offense.

Artest is shooting 30.0 percent in the series, 13.0 percent on 3-pointers (3-of-23). Jackson has told Artest to pass more but said he’s not frustrated with the enigmatic star.

"He’s a naïve, innocent lamb,” Jackson said.


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