Oh my goodness. Do the Oklahoma City Thunder have a real shot at dethroning the champs? Well, yes. It’s now a best of three series, and the shorter the series, the more luck plays a part. Think about it. If Oklahoma City steals game five in L.A. that puts the Lakers in a must win situation, in a hostile environment. There’s no room for error at that point.
Now, Oklahoma City can’t feel too confident about their Game 4 thrashing of the Lakers, simply put, they had an unfair advantage. Let’s just say the outcome was decided by the “charity” stripe, and because so, the game was gift-wrapped and given to the Thunder. Pun intended. Poor pun that is, but whatever, I’m still a little buzzed from my outings this evening.
Oklahoma City shot 48 free-throws Saturday, and made 42 of them. 42 points were registered with not a defender in sight. That’s amazing to me. Now, if you’ve read my articles, or happen to know me, I am the biggest Lakers hater there is, but. 42 free-throws!? That was a little excessive, granted there were fouls, and fouls have to be called the way see fit, but were there really 30 fouls committed by the Lakers? I’m going to say no.
I’m rooting for Durantula, Westbrook (who is the real key to this series) and the Thunder, but they can’t expect to rely on such a free-throw advantage again this series. The Lakers actually finished the game with more field-goals made than the Thunder, shooting at a better clip too. If the Thunder hope to advance, they’re going to have to put all the beans on the table for Game 5. They have to lay it all on the line, and treat it like an elimination game, because it is. If the Thunder take Game 5, they win in six. They lose, Lakers take it in seven. The magic number is 46. If the Thunder shoot 46% from the field as a team, I predict they’ll pull it out. They’ll only get about 13 free-throws in L.A. so efficiency is huge. As much as Durant has stepped up at home, he’s going to have to do it on the road for the Thunder to stand a chance. I’m pulling for you, buddy.
April 25th, 2010 at 6:45 am
Kobe’s postgame interview shows how nervous the Lakers really are. He states it makes things all the more exciting . In reality however Lakers’ fans are all the more nervous knowing that this is a Thunders’ team that simply won’t back down at all.
April 25th, 2010 at 10:39 am
I hope they do it! It would make so many people pissed! Your prediction would be correct too!
April 25th, 2010 at 11:17 am
Westbrook is having a huge coming out party. I wasn’t a fan before this season, with him being a UCLA product and I was never really convinced he would be that good in the NBA. Well, he’s proved me wrong, and I’m enjoying watching him mature into an elite player since he’s going to be one of my three keepers going into next fantasy season.
April 25th, 2010 at 9:11 pm
Love the thunder in this matchup. Durant took away some of Kobe’s confidence in game 3, and he was hesitant to drive (maybe fear of getting swatted by durantula?) Im a big Nugget fan but im pulling for a Utah v. OKC semi finals. Westbrook v. Williams would be huge…there does seem to be a Nugget come back brewing… only down by 8 with 5+ left. go nugs. Great posts
April 26th, 2010 at 11:14 am
I see that everyone is running rings around Artest ? Great asset he’s been to the Lakers in the postseason. About as much use as a friggin’ anchor weighing down a dead body ! I guess that’s why the Lakers wanted him to begin with ?
April 26th, 2010 at 12:29 pm
Seriously, Artest actually hurts them more than helps. His shooting is horrible.
April 26th, 2010 at 12:58 pm
If Artest were a race horse he’d have been put down. He’s done nothing for the Lakers at all in this postseason. No one is prepared to state that this has been a monumental mistake by the Lakers’ front office. He’s robbing them blind without showing up at all. So much for his alleged defensive prowess that we’ve been led to believe he still has . In what damn universe has that been happening ? Because so far Durant has made him look like a blind man.
April 26th, 2010 at 3:22 pm
If the Lake Show loses, me and MCeezy will have a coming out party of I told you so’s revisiting this e-mail chain! https://doin-work.com/2009/07/03/artest-to-the-lakers-e-mail-thread/
April 26th, 2010 at 9:01 pm
I personally think the Lakers will still win the series but the Thunder has given them a serious scare.
And it’s been fun as heck to watch.
April 26th, 2010 at 9:12 pm
If the Lakers were to go down . What are the likely outcomes. The fans riot in LA ? The fans call for the tarring and feathering of Ron Artest ? The fans look to rip Kobe a new one ? Or they basically change their allegiance and start to support the Clippers ?
You do realize that once Kobe retires , Phil will also follow and head off into the sunset with Jeanie to his ranch in Montana ?