Lakers Game Day Links #53: LA Lakers 120 vs Golden State Warriors 112 - Bynum ankle sprain, Kobe rebounds from his terrible performance

Apr 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) is defended by Golden State Warriors forward Dominic McGuire (5) at the Staples Center. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 112-120. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

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Lakers: Silver Screen and Roll
Recap: Lakers 120, Warriors 112: Kobe Bryant's Quick Trigger Wins Shootout
Game thread: Lakers-Warriors Open Thread (1430+ comments)
Preview: Lakers - Warriors Preview: Building A Cushion

Warriors: Golden State of Mind
Recap: Recap #51: Lakers 120, Warriors 112: Mission Accomplished.
Game thread: Game Thread #51: Golden State Warriors at LA Lakers — The Tank Rolls into Staples Center


Recaps

Associated Press: Lakers beat Warriors 120-112 behind Bryant's 40 | Photo Gallery
Sports Network: Bryant returns to form as Lakers top Warriors
Ben Bolch: Kobe Bryant scores 40 in Lakers' 120-112 win over the Warriors


Pregame News

- Lakers fans are wondering where the energy and fire is.
Marcus Thompson II: Los Angeles Lakers: dysfunctional or dangerous?
T.J. Simers: Lakers need a tuneup, but are they tuning out Coach Mike Brown?

- Previews of the game.
Mark Medina: Lakers-Warriors matchup: Five things to watch

Pregame Videos

Video Link: John Ireland and Mike Trudell, Warriors/Lakers preview

Video: Thompson and Thompson


Postgame News

- Some good things, and some bad things.
Mark Medina: Five things to take from Lakers' 120-112 victory over Warriors

Postgame Videos

Video: Recap: Lakers beat Warriors 120-112

Video: Lakers talk win over Warriors

Video: FOX-MO Highlights: Lakers vs. Warriors

Recap and highlights from nba.com's game page:
Warriors vs. Lakers: First half
Sessions' Extra Gear
Bynum's Ankle Injury
Kobe Finds a Way
Warriors vs. Lakers

Postgame Quotes and Stuff from lakers.com gameday

Photo Gallery

Video Links
Mike Brown at the podium
Kobe Bryant in the locker room
Ramon Sessions in the locker room
Pau Gasol in the locker room
Mike Brown
Lakers coach Mike Brown’s opening statement:
“Good win. It seems like every time we play these guys, you always talk about let’s not have it turn in to a rat race where it’s an up and down almost like a pickup basketball game. It seems like they get you to play that way with the different lineups that they put out there and as much as they want to push the pace and try to detect mismatches and stuff like that, that’s what their strength is with the way that their bigs run and play the pick and roll game.”

Lakers coach Mike Brown on Kobe Bryant’s game tonight:
“Obviously, Kobe [Bryant] going 16 for 28 and 3 for 3 from the three point line and the 40 points, he was very efficient shooting and scoring the basketball.”

Lakers coach Mike Brown on the bench’s performance:
“Production wise off the bench we didn’t necessarily get a lot of points but the one thing that we did get, we got some rebounds. That helped us get 50 for the game and 15 offensive rebounds for 20 second chance points. We kind of just found a way to win tonight.”

Lakers coach Mike Brown on Ramon Sessions’ development:
“Every time he steps out on to the floor I think it helps his comfort level. He’s going to have some big games for us and he’s very capable of having those big games. But, there are going to be times too where he is going to have to find his way because defensively he may see some new things in front of him and he may not know how to react based on the coverage he sees in front of him all of the time. But, he is a very intelligent guy and he has picked up things very easily. He keeps plugging away.”
Pau Gasol
Lakers Pau Gasol on finishing the game without Andrew Bynum:
“I think we stepped up and played well the way we needed to in order to win the game.”

Lakers Pau Gasol on getting more touches tonight:
“I had more looks and more rhythm in the post so it wasn’t so opportunistic and random. I felt comfortable.”

Lakers Pau Gasol on Kobe Bryant:
“Once we started the game and he knocked down his first three or four shots, I knew it was going to be another aggressive night for him. Obviously he was much sharper than he was the night before.”

Lakers Pau Gasol on Ramon Sessions:
“Tonight he was able to push the ball a little more, get into the lane a little more, and obviously knock down a lot of shots too. It was a great rhythm being aggressive but also getting guys involved too.”

Lakers Pau Gasol on Bynum possibly missing a few games with the ankle injury:
“Hopefully he won’t (miss any games) because he’s a big presence for us defensively and offensively. He’s become such a point of reference for our team. If he does need to rest then obviously rebounding is one area that everybody needs to make sure we make a conscious effort and it needs to be covered.”
Ramon Sessions
Lakers Ramon Sessions on guys stepping up tonight without Andrew Bynum:
“We knew once we found out that he wasn’t going to return that guys needed to pick it up. Troy (Murphy) came in and played well. Josh (McRoberts) came in and got at the rim on the boards. We just tried to pick it up as a whole because we were missing the big fella.”

Lakers Ramon Sessions on his offensive mentality:
“I was just playing my game. We were just running through the offense. The ball was coming back to me and I was able to penetrate and get to the line a little bit. I was just trying to stay aggressive.”

Lakers Ramon Sessions on the possibility of playing without Andrew Bynum:
“Everybody is going to have to step up. When you’re missing a guy that’s a 20 point and 10 rebound guy every night, as a whole, everybody needs to step up.”

Lakers Ramon Sessions on Kobe Bryant coming back from a poor shooting night Saturday: “That’s what he’s been doing his whole career. He bounced back tonight and it just shows you how great of a player he is. He hit a big shot for us last night and tonight he came out and carried us.”
Kobe Bryant
Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on yesterday’s game against the Hornets:
“You know yesterday, that’s not something that’s going to happen. That’s like an 81 point game, that’s not going to happen too often.”

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on if the team can adjust if Andrew Bynum is going to miss an extended period of time:
“Yeah, we can [still win games]. I don’t think it’s a championship formula, but we can. Sessions is one of those players that can carry a game offensively—he’s a great scorer. And Pau can obviously do what he does. I just thought our bench productivity tonight was excellent.”

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on Josh McRoberts and Troy Murphy’s combined 19 rebounds: “They can do it. Some nights will be better than others, as it is with anyone. But, the effort from them will be there, they’ll continue to hustle, they’ll continue to play hard.”

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on Andrew Bynum’s improvement this season:
“He’s gotten better. He’s improved. You see him working on his foot work a lot, he has a lot of moves in his arsenal that he didn’t have in the past. He’s much more comfortable doing it and he’s gained a great deal of confidence.”

Interesting Tweets

(during the game)
Mike_Bresnahan: Bynum's getting an x-ray on what the Lakers are calling a sprained left ankle.
Mike_Bresnahan: X-rays for Andrew Bynum were negative. He has a moderate left-ankle sprain and will not return to the game. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow

Notes

- The Lakers home game vs the Rockets on Friday is NOT being broadcast on FS West, but on Prime Ticket. You'll have to check here to find the channel for your cable/satellite provider.
- Andrew Bynum rolled his left ankle late in the 1st qtr and did not return.


What's next?

- Another weak team comes in to Staples Center, the Nets, on Tuesday. We should beat them handily, or we're not a championship contending team.

Day Date Time Opponent TV Radio
Tue Apr 03 7:30pm Nets FS West 710 ESPN/1330 ESPN Deportes
Wed Apr 04 7:30pm @Clippers KCAL / ESPN 710 ESPN/1330 ESPN Deportes
Fri Apr 06 7:30pm Rockets Prime Ticket / NBATV 710 ESPN/1330 ESPN Deportes
Sat Apr 07 7:00pm @Suns KCAL 710 ESPN/1330 ESPN Deportes
Mon Apr 09 5:00pm @Hornets KCAL 710 ESPN/1330 ESPN Deportes
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