„Close-out games are actually kind of easy. Teams tend to fold if you come out and play hard in the beginning, so we want to come out and establish an early lead and protect it.“
[McMenamin, Dave, Lakers want to end series Tuesday, May 9, 2012, ESPNLosAngeles.com, http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/7902623/2012-nba-playoffs-los-angeles-lakers-seek-early-close-series-denver-nuggets, http://www.webcitation.org/67cbXo08T, May 12, 2012]
Bynum in the 2012 NBA Playoffs saying the next game should be easy with the Lakers leading the series 3–1 against the Denver Nuggets and needing one more victory to advance to the next round. The Lakers eventually won 4–3.