Coming into the second-round playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Lakers were considered to be a threat to the title hopes of Kevin Durant and company.
In Game 1, the Thunder destroyed the Lakers with a 29-point blowout. Oklahoma City’s dominance over Los Angeles in the first game in the series was enough to convince many people that the Thunder were by far the better all-around team and would cruise into the Western Conference Finals. Even though the Thunder ultimately turned out to be the better squad, the Lakers definitely gave them a run for their money in Game 2.
With the Lakers taking the Thunder to the limit in Game 2, Los Angeles were back in the series and proved that they could contend with the likes of this younger and faster Oklahoma City team.
Unfortunately, despite taking Game 3 and taking the Thunder to the brink in Game 4, the Lakers just couldn’t off this team with All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook being too much to handle throughout the series.
With Westbrook being virtually unstoppable throughout the five games in this second-round series, the Lakers were helpless to stop the Thunder’ transition game. Even in the half court, Los Angeles struggled to contain both Westbrook and Durant who both were on fire shooting the basketball.
In the series-clinching Game 5 in Oklahoma City, Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 42 points in a losing effort. It became painfully clear in the final game that the Lakers had to lean heavily on their superstar just to stay in contention. Some drastic changes to the Lakers’ roster might be on the horizon as a result.
As for the Thunder, Oklahoma City has advanced to the Western Conference Finals to face the San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder will be the underdogs for the first time in the playoffs with the Spurs being the favorites to advance to the NBA Finals.
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