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Lakers draw Thunder in opening round

Updated: April 13, 2010, 2:57 AM ET
ESPN.com

The defending champion Los Angeles Lakers will face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs after a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday locked the Thunder into the eighth spot in the Western Conference.

"I love what Oklahoma is doing and how well they're playing," Kobe Bryant said last week after the Lakers shootaround in Denver. "This is a young team that everybody is kind of sitting around and saying, 'OK, they're playing well but eventually they're going ...

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