OKC Thunder: Game 2 notebook from Chesapeake Arena

Coach Scott Brooks would have traded Metta World Peace — just kidding.
BY JOHN ROHDE AND RYAN ABER Published: May 16, 2012
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WRINKLES SHOWING

The Thunder coaching staff has added a few variations to the playoffs, and Bryant said he saw some wrinkles in Game 1.

“Yeah, he saw a lot of them,” Brooks said, playfully rubbing the “wrinkles” around his eyes. “I need some Botox. That's not right. I'm 46, but what do you expect? It's stress.

“We're going to throw different things out there. That's what good teams do, and I'm sure they're going to have things out there that they're going to throw at us that we didn't see the first game. But when you have a group of guys that they have that have been together for a lot of years, you can throw things at them. They have a lot of space in their memory bank.

“Our guys have done a good job with that also. Three years ago, we had to keep it very simple. It's not quite as vanilla now, but you can throw things at guys and they pick things up and they remember what we've done four or five months ago and we can just throw it out there.”

BIG IS BIG

Bryant said the matchup is what it is against the Thunder. The Lakers can't magically get any younger and match OKC's “youthful exuberance.”

Brooks countered with: “They can't get any bigger, either. They're 7-1, 7-1, 6-8, 6-6 and 6-3 (in the starting lineup). They're a big team. You can win many different ways in this league.”

When reminded that Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are both listed at 7-foot, not 7-foot-1, Brooks smiled and said: “They're like 7-2. All bigs never want to give their exact height, and all sub-6-footers never want to give their exact height. That's why I was 6 feet."

LAKERS FINED

Bynum and Lakers forward Devin Ebanks were fined by the NBA for separate violations.

Ebanks was fined $25,000 for actions before and following his ejection from Game 1 on Monday. Bynum was fined $15,000 for failing to make himself available to media following Tuesday's practice.

“I guess I look at it this way — stuff's going to happen, the guys paid the price and you move on,” Lakers coach Mike Brown said.

BARONS PRESENCE

Several players from the Oklahoma City Barons took in Games 1 and 2 as they prepared for their American Hockey League Western Conference Finals series against Toronto, which starts Thursday at 7 p.m. across the street at the Cox Convention Center.

Rookie center Tyler Pitlick was one of the players at Game 1.

“It was awesome,” Pitlick said. “I haven't seen anything like it. You get in there and the place was packed, it was sold out, it was so loud and they put on a good show. I was impressed, real impressed.”


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