5/16 Playoff Update: Lakers Blow Opportunity in OKC

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Kobe and the Lakers were sitting pretty; they were up 75-68 with a little over two minutes on the clock after an Andrew Bynum hook. Everything seemed as if the series were about to go to Los Angeles tied at a game a piece.

Then everything decided to crash down on Laker-Land.

The Lakers came up empty-handed on their final six possessions, which included Kobe missing a jacked up triple, having his shot blocked, and a turnover that led to a Kevin Durant smash. Meanwhile, the Thunder made the most of their chance, scoring on four of their next five possessions to take a 76-75 lead on a KD runner with 19 seconds left. After the timeout/foul/free throw game, the scoreboard showed the Thunder as victorious with a 77-75 score.

To be honest, this was a pretty bad game to watch. Both teams combined to shoot 40%, and only managed 26 assists on 59 made baskets. Kobe struggled in the final five minutes in the game, which pretty much left the door open for the Thunder to make this comeback. This is really bad news for LA, because now they head home, down 2-0, and with absolutely no momentum. On the other side of the court, OKC has to feel pretty good about themselves that that can overcome an absolutely terrible performance like this.

How about some offense next time, guys?

OKC leads series, 2-0


The fact that this Boston/Philadelphia game almost broke 200 points is absolutely shocking. (You know, because both of these teams are offensively challenged) Nevertheless, both teams came out of the gates strong, combining for 61 first quarter points. However, Philly faltered while Boston kept up the pace, as the Celtics commanded an 89-66 lead at the end of the third quarter.

KG was absolutely fantastic, scoring 27 points on only 17 shots, and grabbing 13 boards. He seemed absolutely fired up after being called for the illegal screen at the end of game two and just decided to hammer out his frustrations on Philly with his play. (and with more illegal screens) Rondo played great as well, racking up totals of 23-6-14, and taking nearly all of his shots in the paint.

The most important part of this game? Boston retook HCA after losing it in game two. The 76ers better come out and win game four if they want to have any shot at the conference finals.

Boston leads series, 2-1

Topics: Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook

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