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Lakers-Thunder Game 1: Lakers suffer a Thundertality

May 15, 2012, 1:24 AM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

This was a beating. A smackdown. A trouncing. A demolition. A boat race. A blowout. A “hit ’em in the head with a shovel and drag their team to an unmarked grave,” “nail ’em with a 2X4, watch them stagger around and then slam the door on them on the way out,” downright unavoidable-to-say butt kicking. The Thunder destroyed the Lakers 119-90 Monday to win Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinals series.

The Thunder scored 39 points in the third quarter to bust the lead open. It was a 30-point lead late in the quarter, the starters didn’t play the fourth, Devin Ebanks was ejected in garbage time, and the Lakers essentially embarrassed themselves every way possible.

Some numbers, just for fun.

The Thunder finished with a 132 offensive efficiency. In the third quarter, they had a 161 offensive efficiency. They started the third with a 22-6 run. In six minutes. In six minutes, the Thunder scored 22 points, the Lakers just six. Kevin Durant had 10 points in that span, all with Metta World Peace on the floor.


So for the Thunder, the only thing you can really say is “do that more.” They played nearly perfectly, holding Kobe Bryant to 20 points on 18 shots, Paul Gasol to 10 points on 11 shots, and Ramon Sessions to just 2 points. They dominated every area of the game, played their way and hit absolutely everything they put up. This is not rocket science. Play that way, all the time, and you win a title.

For the Lakers?

OK, some caveats. The Lakers are two days removed from a Game 7 which is a physically and emotionally draining experience. They were on the road against a rested and ready OKC team who have young legs and are able to get up emotionally for Game 1s. The Thunder nailed everything in sight and the Lakers were just a step behind. It’s just one game. The Lakers can recover, respond, and tie the series on Wednesday. Losing by this much doesn’t have influence on the start of Game 2. It’ll be 0-0.

That said…

A message was sent.

The Thunder ran them out the building, and no one responded. There was no fight, no charge, no big move or surge. They didn’t even trim the lead in half to make a point going into Game 2. They just wilted. The Lakers are supposed to be a better defensive team, but they were crushed by the Thunder’s three-headed monster. Everything went wrong at once for the Lakers, and they do not appear to be aware that they are facing a team that finished with more wins, including two over them in dominant fashion this season. They do not appear to recognize that the Thunder are not kids who they can take lightly. This team is dangerous and has matchup advantages over the Lakers.

If the Lakers are going to win this series, if they’re going to win a game, everything has to change.

  1. ezmagic - May 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Hey bozo there is a big difference between the nuggets and the thunder. I hope they get swept by an avg of 25 Pts like the magic did the hawks a couple yrs ago. Yes the lakers are overrated THIS SEASON. That’s what we are talking about, not overrated the last 5 times they won titles. oh and the spurs will beat OKC

  2. 1historian - May 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    1) The Thunder lead the series 1-0.
    2) In 1965 The Celtics blew out the Lakers by 42 points – 108-66 – at Boston Garden in the opening game of the finals.
    3) the Lakers won the championship that year in 6 games and they won it on the Celtics’ home court.

    What does it all mean? The Thunder lead the series 1-0.

    Do NOT underestimate the Lakers.

    FYI – I am NOT a Lakers fan – never have been, am not now, never will be – I despise the mfers.

    But I repeat – do NOT underestimate the LA damn Lakers

    • 1historian - May 15, 2012 at 11:37 AM

      correction – in 1985, NOT 1965.

      My bad

  3. 1historian - May 15, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    The Thunder couldn’t played better, the Lakers couldn’t have played worse.

    The Thunder lead 1-0

  4. jimeejohnson - May 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Not sure how the Lakers will respond but I know how some of their fans will respond: like sore loser chumps and bozos LOSERS!

  5. dwirk - May 15, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    People have forgotten OKC pushed the 2010 lakers to 6 games and if not for gasol tipping it in would have been a 7 game series. The best bet for the lakers would be for them to get handled easily against OKC, change up the roster and move on.

    • loungefly74 - May 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      please dont start with the “shoulda, woulda, coulda” talk. in 2010…the Lakers beat the thunder 4-2. that’s it.

  6. cornbreadbbqred - May 15, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Hamburger Hill! Remember that Nam movie? “It don’t mean nuthin…!” Lakers were caught after a tough series at high altitude. When the settle down into the matchups they need to concentrate on, OKC will have to learn trench warfare on the fly. Bring it. Don’t sleep on champions some members of this team have seen worse playoff defeats during the same post season from which they won championships before.

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