The Lakers are down, 3-1, to the Thunder when they Lakers could or should be up 3-1.
It’s really no shame for the Lakers to be down 3-1 to the Thunder. The Thunder are the better team. They were the second seed for a reason. Does it hurt for the Laker fan all the same? Of course, it does. But again, just the fact that the Lakers could or should be up 3-1 goes to show that they have played their butts off. Only Game 1 was clearly the Thunder’s game; the games that the Lakers lost was basically anybody’s game. What the Lakers have to do in Game 5 is keep playing their game and give themselves a chance to win.
In Game 2, they completely slowed it down. It was the Lakers’ pace and it gave them the best chance to win. But for some inexplicable reason, they couldn’t finish the job. Still, they had a chance to win in the final seconds, and that’s all you could really ask for. The Thunder are a friggin’ good team and they made all the big plays at the end. Kinda like how the Lakers used to do in years past.
In Game 4, they were up by 13. The Thunder made some adjustments by putting Kevin Durant on Kobe Bryant and completely taking Andrew Bynum out of the game. Bynum never really fought for position at the end and whether that’s effort or fatigue (I’ll lean towards the latter), who knows? And the reason why the Thunder were the second seed? Big-time players like Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Westbrook and Durant willed their team to a comeback. Russ made the big-time shots to close the gap and then Durant finished it with a cold-blooded 3. You just have to give credit where credit is due. But of course, that doesn’t make it less any painful for the Lakers or their fans.
The series isn’t over yet. We’ve seen wackier things happen before (Denver was down, 3-1, to the Lakers in the previous series and forced it to a Game 7). But the Lakers just gotta dig deep and pull this one out in Oklahoma City. At least, give themselves another chance to win the game. Maybe this time around, it’ll go in their favor.