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LAL-OKC: Rematch favors Thunder

In 2010, the Lakers won; can OKC turn the tables? (PER Diem: May 14, 2012)

Updated: May 14, 2012, 1:12 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Durant & Kobe Big HeadsAndrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesKevin Durant and Kobe Bryant are prone to hero-ball.
The Lakers have the rings and the rep. Coming into their second-round series against Oklahoma City, I'm not sure they have much more.

Too harsh? Perhaps. The networks certainly hope so -- this is unquestionably the marquee series of the second round, partly because the other three series involve San Antonio, Indiana and Philadelphia, and partly because it's a story in its own right.