Now many of you who know me know that I’m not a Lakers fan, I prefer…well that’s not really important, but what is important is that fact that Los Angeles Lakers are 0-2 in the Western Conference semi-finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Are the Lakers the mighty team that we thought they were? Or is the better question, is the OKC Thunder this season’s golden child, a position held by the Dallas Mavericks during last season’s playoff run.
During both games of the 2-0 run by the Thunder, the team has trailed during the last 2 ½ minutes in the 4th quarter. Last night Kevin Durant scored 22 points and the Thunder scored the final nine points to rally for a 77-75 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2.
Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum scored 20 points apiece for the Lakers, who came up empty on their last six possessions after Bynum’s hook shot made it 75-68 with 2:09 remaining.
To me all this seems very déjà vu-ish stemming from last season’s heart breaking lost for Lakers’ Nation during the final games for retiring head coach Phil Jackson.
Now I know many Laker fans are going to bring up the fact that the franchise has several championship rings, but as Janet Jackson would sing “What Have You Done For Me Lately”.
I’m not sure if the Lakers will be able to pull this one out after reviewing the sloppy defensive play from each games last couple of minutes, but I’m still excited about the possibilities of a Kobe vs. LeBron Finals. Nonetheless, credit has to be given where credit is due, Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder have provided NBA fans an exciting season.
Your Jersey Girl,