Stopping Westbrook is Phase 2

With Artest checking Durant, Lakers need to contain the athletic Westbrook

Updated: April 20, 2010, 2:07 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

When the Oklahoma City Thunder locked into the No. 8 playoff spot in the Western Conference on April 12, the immediate challenge that came to the Los Angeles Lakers' minds was league-leading scorer Kevin Durant and how to stop him.

As the series shifts to Tuesday's Game 2, so does the Lakers' defensive focus.

Russell Westbrook, the Thunder's second-leading scorer during the regular season, is suddenly looking like the No. 1 threat to the Lakers after Ron Artest was able to bottle ...

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