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.