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Lakers-Thunder Game 2: Let’s try this again, Lakeshow

May 16, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

So what do the Los Angeles Lakers need to do to improve in Game 2 vs. the Thunder?

A brief list:

1. Do not be terrible

2. Defend jumpshots better

3. Have Pau Gasol act like an NBA player

4. Work the ball inside to draw more contact and get to the line

5. Again, do not be terrible.

That pretty much covers it.

The Lakers were annihilated in Game 1 by a Thunder team that had an offensive rating above 130. That’s on par with the offensive efficiency of the Death Star. Thermonuclear weaponry does less damage. They need a complete and total change in Game 2 to survive. They need to challenge on the perimeter pick and roll more, attacking the ball handler and on the pull-up jumper. They need to rotate better to find the shooters. They left Kevin Durant open in the corner for three at one point, for crying out loud.

The ball has to go to Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol more. Gasol can get his shot over Serge Ibaka when he wants it. He’s got to be aggressive and not just wilt away from the action. Kobe Byrant had an off game, but most of his looks were shots he makes at least at a 40 percent clip most nights. It’s unlikely he’ll have another night like that. Ramon Sessions was a hot mess, and needs to set the tone with aggressiveness. He need to push the ball, but has to do so without messing with the Lakers’ slow-it-down pace.

Have I mentioned they need to not play terribly?

For the Thunder, just do that. What you did in Game 1, just do more of that. Because that worked well. They need to hit shots it the big key. When their mid-range game is wet, there’s just no way to stop their offense. They have too many weapons. James Harden needs to have a more efficient night, and Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka need to do a better job on rebounding, but that may be unavoidable. Bynum and Gasol are just too big.

This is a big game. If the Lakers make a strong showing, it can give them momentum going back home to try and wrangle control of this series. A win, and no one will remember Game 1, all of a sudden the Lakers will be in position to steal this series by holding serve. But another blowout loss, another destruction at the hands of the Thunder?

That big red “Panic” button is going to start glowing red hot, screaming “PUSH ME!” to everyone in Hollywood.

  1. koloofai - May 16, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    let’s hope the Lakers can at least make it an interesting series by showing up game 2..

  2. lakerluver - May 16, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    This is a MUST WIN GAME!!!

  3. andyprough - May 16, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    I did not think the problem was so much that Kobe, Pau and Bynum combined for 17-30 shooting, 11-13 free throws, and 50 points in about 3 quarters worth of playing time.

    More that the problem was that the Sessions-Blake-Barnes-Hill-McRoberts-Ebanks six headed monster went 8-25 shooting. If you aren’t going to hit shots, why take so many attempts? Leave it to the big 3 to keep the team in the game.

  4. seattlerogueburner - May 16, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    I may be one of the only Seattle residents to say this, but…

    Go Thunder!

    • lyndseymarieee - May 16, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      you’re probably right about that. many bitter people still wandering around in that city.

  5. aboogy123456 - May 16, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    You’re a little harsh but good point about Gasol. He has the only matchup that the thunder are forced to double team, so I think the offense needs to run through him. Perkins can single team Bynum and Sefolosha and Harden can single team Kobe. Not saying they win those matchups, but they can slow Bynum and Kobe down just enough. The one matchup that lakers have a big dvantage with is gasol, and he’s a great passer out of the double team so the offense would be a little easier if it goes through him.

  6. slumdog66 - May 16, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Lakerluver, you disappeared after the last beat down buddy. Still calling a sweep

  7. pistolpete0903 - May 16, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Wouldn’t go as far to say as a MUST-WIN game, but they have to make it a close game (give Thunder fits; especially by feeding the ball inside). Even if they loose, they get some confidence heading back to Staples (assuming they hold serve)
    Assuming that experience prevails over talent in the latter part of the series, the Lakers have a chance (will be keen to see how Thunder fare in Game 7 if it comes down to it)

  8. rosesacl - May 16, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    hope artest jumps in the stands and beats a few okc fans….

  9. jerdogthompson - May 16, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Ah jeez, my previous post did not go through. Fact, Fakers have the 2 best 7′ footers in the league. Fact, Kobe is a prolific scorer. Beyond that it gets dicey. Blake & Sessions have played “way” beyond their natural ability for the last month. MWP, has as well. With the new CBA rules the Fakers will be forced to trade away Gasoft after this year. Bad news as they can’t take back salary in that trade, sorry. I will personally enjoy the demise of this once storied franchise as their “entitled & holier than thou” attitude fan base had insulted the masses and therefore they will suffer through the next 3-4 years to rebuild. If your a true fan you need not worry. As for the majority of fair weather fans this will be your exit point. C’ya!

  10. jerdogthompson - May 16, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    It’s amazing how I have posted twice about Blake & Sessions playing beyond their ability for the last month and it hasn’t posted. Is it because the moderator is a Faker lover? I’m starting to think so. Get prepared for the upcoming boot stomp faker lovers. Enjoy, no, really, enjoy! Hahaha

  11. lemfax - May 16, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    It’s look like the lakers will Win tonight. They got 8 players in the court

    • girouxhasladyballs - May 16, 2012 at 10:54 PM

      noticed that too? didn’t know clotheslines were legal now in the NBA. i need to reread the rulebook.

  12. furio2929 - May 16, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Let’s go OKC. I’m a Spurs fan so I would rather watch them match up for W finals. 🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀💍

  13. furio2929 - May 16, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Let’s go OKC. I’m a Spurs fan so I would rather watch them match up for W finals. 🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀💍

  14. furio2929 - May 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    OKC against the Spurs. Common. Let’s go🏀🏀🏀💍

  15. 49ersallday - May 16, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    I love how every article about the lakers is talkig smack about, them oh I forgot people get sick of the same winning all the time , combine the spurs , clippers, heat, pacers, thunder, and sixers championships and the lakers still got more! U talk about being terrible, I’d like to see u go out there, it’s either to talk junk then to back it up, you guys didn’t want to talk about the thunder sitting for 8 days or us one day off and flying to okla on our day off after a 7 game series , we will let tonight talk bcuz if the lakers win and tie it up to go to la , I ink the pressure is gonna ditch sides ain’t it

  16. lakerluver - May 16, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Midway through the 4th and my LAKERS are holding on!! Man, when Kobe is on top of his game he’s as good, if not better, than anyone. Even MJ.

    • drewzducks - May 17, 2012 at 12:27 AM

      Hilarious. I too remember the games that MJ had 2 embarrassing turnovers in the last 2 minutes as the Bulls went scoreless blowing a 7 point lead. Oh wait, that only happened to Kobe.

      • Kurt Helin - May 20, 2012 at 11:03 AM

        Anyone who thinks Jordan was flawless late in games and didn’t miss game winning shots or have turnovers didn’t watch him play all the time. He did. We just don’t remember it that way.

    • girouxhasladyballs - May 17, 2012 at 12:35 AM

      well you certainly jinxed it. HA

  17. jagwar73 - May 16, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Gift wrapped for the Lakers by the refs! Wow…

  18. jerdogthompson - May 17, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    I agree jagwar, it was a gift wrapped game for the Fakers…….it truly breaks my heart that the Fakers lost again. Don’t know if I can ever recover (mighty quinn that’s sarcasm). I will say it time & time again, Faker fans prepare yourself for 3-4 years of lottery ball and mediocrity. SUFFER!!!!!!! Oh yeah, MWP will get bounced from this series. Just wait, it’s coming in game 4 when a sweep is imminent for OKC in LA. You heard it here first folks.

  19. jerdogthompson - May 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Jinxed what? The OKC sweep or my prediction that MWP will get bounced in game 4 in an eminent OKC sweep in LA?

  20. jerdogthompson - May 17, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Can u Faker fans now understand why u beat OKC in LA in OT? Simple, have MWP take out Harden. My work here is done.

  21. slumdog66 - May 17, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    Better than MJ? He wouldn’t turn the ball over twice when the game was on the line. Go disappear again….

  22. 11jlacy - May 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Kd playing like the real mvp

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