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Lakers-Thunder Game 2: A Thunder magic trick, a Lakers disappearing act, and a change of the guard

May 17, 2012, 1:40 AM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

In Game 1, everything went wrong for the Lakers, everything went right for the Thunder. Thunder won. In Game 2, for 46 minutes, at least some things went right for the Lakers, everything went wrong for the Thunder. The pace was slow. The defense was incredible for the Lakers. The Thunder weren’t hitting jumpers. A seven-point lead with two minutes. Hold onto the ball, hold onto the lead, gain control of the series, go back to L.A. having rattled the kids in blue.

And then.


77-75 OKC over L.A.

As the Thunder closed on a 9-0 run, you couldn’t help but think of how often the Lakers had done this exact thing to so many teams. They were the ones who made the key steals late. They were the ones who waited for the opponent to crack. They were the ones who made clutch plays. But now? Now it’s OKC. They won when they played flawless, they won when they played terribly. And now it’s 2-0 OKC.

For Oklahoma City, there are reasons to be concerned but a ton of reasons for confidence. When the shots didn’t fall, they won. They had just a 92 offensive efficiency Wednesday night, and yet got the win. They had an off night offensively for the second-best scoring machine in the league, and they walk away with a 2-0 lead. Defensively, they stepped up to the challenge. Had they bent more inside, the game could have broken open. Had Thabo Sefolosha not done such a marvelous job on Kobe Bryant, helping him to a 9-25 night, they may not have sustained. The Thunder defense kept them in it, the Thunder’s athletes took the momentum, the Lakers’ ineptitude opened the door, and Kevin Durant slammed it shut.

And for a fun twist on a narrative, instead of LeBron James failing in the clutch, it was Kobe Bryant with this line: 0-2, zero points, 1 turnover, one bad pass knocked out off of him, one bad miss, one airball, no final shot, and a whole lot of frustration.  Bryant was clearly livid both after Kevin Durant’s game winner and upon turning around to see Steve Blake taking a three-pointer for the win instead of, you know, him.

It’s not wise to get riled up about Blake, however. This is a shooter who hit five threes against the Denver Nuggets in Game 7. He was wide open. I mean, wide open. The pass had to be made, the shot had to be taken. It just didn’t fall. This is life in the NBA, the reality of clutch vs. the myth. Bryant, though, certainly struggled and his play down the stretch may have thrown a little dirt on the Lakers.

But this series is far from over. The Lakers proved Wednesday that they can throw some kinks in the chain of OKC’s mighty system, and headed back to L.A. they have to be hopeful a few more things will go their way. The question is whether they can force OKC into the same halfcourt troubles it had Wednesday night, or if they get busted open by the same team that torched them in Game 1.

The Lakers can get right back into this thing with a win on Friday. But it’s a back to back set against a younger, fresher, hungrier team that seems to have all the answers, that can cross the finish line even when they stumble. The Lakers? They’re just trying to get the dust out of their mouth.

The Lakers had answers for the Thunder until the end. Then the ghosts that the Lakers usually wreak on their opponents grabbed hold of L.A.. By the throat.

Closing note: Andrew Bynum laughed as he left the floor.

  1. Justin - May 17, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Biggest question is, “does Derek Fisher hit the corner 3 if he was still on the Lakers?”

    • davidly - May 17, 2012 at 2:26 AM

      Game 2:
      Derek Fisher…..15:09…1-2 FG….1 RB….1 Ast/0 TO….1 St…3pts
      Sessions/Blake 51:10…2-8 FG….6 RB….0 Ast/4 TO….0 St…7pts

      And for the series:
      Derek Fisher…..40min…3-10 FG…..2 RB….3 Ast/0 TO….3 St…8pts
      Sessions/Blake 96min…3-16 FG…10 RB….7 Ast/7 TO….0 St…9pts

    • infectorman - May 18, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      NO, the biggest question is have anyone ever witnessed such a fantastic compete and total meltdown from KoME Bryant?

      But the largest question overall is; is the the beginning, middle or end of the end for KoME?
      I’d go with middle. He used take over a game like that and in this situation; he COULDN’T”T EVEN GET OPEN for the inbound pass from Artest….

      Goodbye, KoME, goodbye Ko – o, Me – e

  2. andrewproughcfe - May 17, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Blake hits that shot most of the time – OKC got very lucky. Of course, they guarded the correct man – chasing #24 all over the floor on that in-bounds.

    Durant is one cold-blooded dude. That was a major clutch shot at the end, and he didn’t seem to even notice how big the moment was.

  3. rickyspanish - May 17, 2012 at 2:03 AM


    That’s a big “if”. Fisher hasn’t been the same for a while. All I know is that I wouldn’t want Blake taking that shot.

  4. asublimeday - May 17, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    The thunder are the Luke Skywalker to the heat’s Darth Vader

    • hwatt - May 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      huh?? sounds like you need to watch the source material, buddy. you’re missing the father-son analogy. keep this in your pocket in case the Cavs get great in a few years and go up against the Heat in the ECF. that’s the closest you’re gonna get to family revenge

  5. progress2011 - May 17, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    When it appeared the lakers might win, all the commentators spoke very highly of Coach Brown and how he made an adjustment and positioned the lakers to win.

    Then Mr. Wanna-Be-Like-Mike, threw the ball directly to Durant. Then lost a ball out of bounds. Then jacked up an ill-advised shot.

    This loss is to be placed on his shoulders….PERIOD !!! So, much for ” mr. clutch ”

    Stop trying to blame everyone else.

    • teambringitstrong - May 17, 2012 at 8:18 AM

      When it appeared the lakers might win, all the commentators spoke very highly of Coach Brown and how he made an adjustment and positioned the lakers to win.

      Then Mr. Wanna-Be-Like-Mike, threw the ball directly to Durant. Then lost a ball out of bounds. Then jacked up an ill-advised shot.

      This loss is to be placed on his shoulders….PERIOD !!! So, much for ” mr. clutch ”

      Stop trying to blame everyone else


      Your slip is showing

      • progress2011 - May 17, 2012 at 9:40 AM

        teambringitstrong….do you have a factually based rebuttal.


        Are you just the typical kobe apologist, that want to shift blame to everyone on the team, the coach and even fans because kobe is a good ” Volume Shooter ” AT BEST !

        Additional facts:

        He shot 43% on the season!

        Dude only shot 9 of 25 !!! That’s only 36% !

        Who (in their right mind) shoots such a low percentage and keeps shooting !!!

        Dude really ” Wanna-Be-Like-Mike” to the detriment, of his teams historically.

        Again, do you have a factually based rebuttal or just another WEAK attempt, to insult me.

      • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM

        No need for anyone to insult you, progress2011. Your weak commentary shows the rest of us how negatively biased and mentally deficient you are.

        Kobe has FIVE rings as an integral part of the Lakers, including two Finals MVP awards. Come back when you can even show that you have anything in your life that remotely compares.

      • loungefly74 - May 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

        progress2011…no matter what you say, your words are shallow and mean nothing. after admitting you have no personal team to root/cheer for and that you only watch to see the “big dog” lose…it goes to show you have severe issues and are pathetic. you are a lunatic and display mad rants in the vein of that “one guy in 1930’s Germany”. every post you write is negative. you are a hater.

      • progress2011 - May 17, 2012 at 2:55 PM

        Bozo…..REALLY DUDE….ahahahahaha!!! Your screen name says it all.

        Fly74…Dude, that ain’t even funny to use such a war criminal, in any reference other than for something serious. Sports AIN’T serious !!!!

        Either way, I see neither of you have a serious rebuttal about how the ” Wanna-Be-Like-Mike, Harlem Globetrotter, And1 replica threw up all them bricks, turned the ball over and blew the game.
        So, here’s some more salt for your gaping wounds…..Call the janitorial crew at the staples center, so they can get the brooms ready, cause ya’ll gonna get SWEPT !!!!!!


    • ludachrisgsx - May 17, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      Yes, Kobe made some bad plays, but he wasn’t the only one. He should have tried to put up a shot sooner in the clock on that play where they had a foul to give. It wasn’t so much him trying to take the last shot I had a problem with, it was his poor judgement on knowing the situation – them having a foul to give was a major factor and he should have known that.

  6. bearsstillsuck - May 17, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    I’m not one to complain about the refs often, but i thought they were trying to give the game to the lakers. There were a lot of questionable fouls called on the thunder.

    • mytthor - May 17, 2012 at 3:14 AM

      BS. OKC shot 2 more free throws even though they shot jump shots all night and the Lakers got the ball inside consistently (until the last 2 minutes, god I hate Kobe sometimes).

      • passerby23 - May 17, 2012 at 3:44 AM

        Just looking at total FTs between the teams isn’t a good indicator of good or fair officiating. Where was the call on the MWP close line of Collison and Harden that everyone in the world could see? It’s really the overall poor quality of officiating that ultimately favors the Lakers. It slows the pace down, forces substitutions, disrupts rhythm (especially for a team like OKC who likes to run), and basically gets teams out of stuff they want to do. In other words, overall bad officiating makes the game ugly, which usually favors the weaker team, which is the Lakers. If the refs let them play in Game 3 and assuming the Thunder are focused, they should be in a good position.

      • girouxhasladyballs - May 17, 2012 at 5:31 AM

        a lot of thunder players were in foul trouble very early. they were in the penalty a few minutes into the 2nd or 3rd. it was utterly ridiculous the touch fouls they were calling after a clothesline from artest goes uncalled.

      • mytthor - May 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

        Even if that’s true it’s ridiculous to cite it, since the Lakers were playing well for the first 3 quarters. So by your logic, the refs were trying to give the Lakers the game by helping them UNTIL it mattered? Seems unlikely.

      • girouxhasladyballs - May 17, 2012 at 1:50 PM

        basically. the lakers couldn’t help themselves tho. their largest lead was 4 or 5 until the end of the 4th. the refs tried to give them one last chance with .3 seconds to go. everything else the thunder did themselves and the lakers didn’t convert. one more shot falls and its 1-1

  7. blacc24 - May 17, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    Good point @davidly. That’s why I think next year they’ll get a point prolly D. Williams for Gasol and Howard for Bynum.

    • bucsnsincity - May 17, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      Wishful thinking, if the nets trade williams it will be for Bynum no way they do it for gasol

  8. 00maltliquor - May 17, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    Why the F did STEVE BLAKE shoot that wide open corner 3? Or better yet, why the F did Coach…ummm…”coach” Brown even have that freakin’ loser in to begin with?! Am I the only person that notices how freakin’ BAD that guy is??? Did MB really draw that play up? Because if he did, I want hs head on a platter.

    • passerby23 - May 17, 2012 at 3:46 AM

      I don’t think it was the designed play, but happened to open up. It’s tough to pass up a wide open 3 for a PG at the end of the game no matter who it is, especially when everyone knows it’s going to Kobe.

    • girouxhasladyballs - May 17, 2012 at 5:33 AM

      he’s a decent 3 point shooter and it was as good a look you can get in that situation. can’t blame him for being the only one open.

      • 00maltliquor - May 17, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        Stop living off Steve Blake’s past and perception. He is a HORRIBLE shooter!

    • florida727 - May 17, 2012 at 7:49 AM

      Kobe shoots 31% from three-point range on the season, Blake nearly 42% for the season. If it goes in, everyone’s saying what a genius Brown is… including Kobe (though he wouldn’t be sincere about it). Kobe was 9 for 25 on the night (36%).

      When the Bulls were rattling off 6 championships in 8 years, two of the most memorable shots were NOT made by Jordan. They were made by John Paxson and Steve Kerr. The difference is Jordan TRUSTED them both. Kobe trusts nobody but himself. And that’s why he’ll never measure up to Jordan, even if he magically gets his sixth ring.

      • smuckteamz80 - May 17, 2012 at 8:38 AM

        Kobe shot 9-31, he was 0-6 from behind the arc, 22.5% shooting nite. Not good.
        Plus he was blocked a few times in the paint.
        His burst is lacking and he most definitely lost a step…happens to the best of them…
        the mind is willing…..but….

      • pglive21 - May 17, 2012 at 9:07 AM

        Don’t know where you’re getting 9-31 from smuckteam. Kobe shot 9-25. He actually started 9-20 and then finished with a very unclutch 5 misses in a row. He shot 36% not 22.5%. There are lots of criticisms of Kobe, but at least get your facts straight.

      • 00maltliquor - May 17, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        No disrespect florida, but are you high or something??? Blake is a 33% 3pt shooter on the year broski, did you get in a coma around 2009 and just now wake up? I can get down with you on your second paragraph on some of your points but do not put Steve Flake and John Paxon and Steve Kerr in the same post. Ever.

        And the second Ron-Ron threw that ball to that chump and I saw him all wide open I knew EXACTLY what was going to happen…CLANK! I would have put it on my unborn son that that would have been the outcome, when that shot left his hand it was already over. If Rajon Rondo was a Laker PG and that same scenario would have played out I would have FAR more confidence in Rondo taking that shot as opposed to Blake.

        Hell, even if it DID go in, I would STILL be calling for Mike Brown’s head because he left it in the hands of that chump-sandwich. I would NEVER draw up a play for him. EVER!

    • borderline1988 - May 17, 2012 at 8:36 AM

      In case you didn’t know, Blake is the reason why the Lakers are in the 2nd round.

      That was the best shot you can get – an open corner 3 by a 40% 3 pt shooter….it was a genious call by Brown that just didn’t pan out.

      • 00maltliquor - May 17, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        He had ONE good game and he gets a pass?! Give me a f’n break! How many Laker games have you and all you guys commenting above seen? This guy is TERRIBLE! Always turning the ball over in the most idiotic of ways, bricking wide open 3 after wide open 3 TIME AND TIME again, is almost ALWAYS in the – when it comes to +/- and the worst offender of said stat when it comes to the bench players.

        Why does Steve Blake get such a horrendous pass from all you guys??? Everyone is living off his perception and his productivity from his pre-Laker exisistance.

        Please PUH-LEEEASE pay good attention to Blake when he subs in for the rest of the post-season and watch EVERY min. that slimy bastard plays like I do and study his game, I freakin’ dare you! He is beyond useless and is invisable for most of the 22-24+ min. he plays a game. Watch him when he has the ball in his hands for a little bit too long, it almost ALWAYS ends up in a turnover, watch his ugly busted jumper and count all the clacks vs. swooshes. PAY ATTENTION you guys and get back to me next game. I am sooo serious.

    • soflasfinest - May 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      If it wasn’t for Blake in game 7 your lakers wouldn’t still be in the playoffs, dumbass.

  9. jcluma - May 17, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    The Lakers can hang their heads for tonight — but if I were OKC I’d be worried. OKC won in the last few seconds, the rest of the game the Lakers controlled them, start to almost finish. So OKC won 2 on their home court — is that surprising? But the Lakers now have proven to themselves, OKC and the fans they can deal with it. It won’t be easy, but OKC won’t be struttin their stuff the rest of the way, particularly if LA takes the next two on home court.

    • abchome - May 17, 2012 at 5:22 AM

      All I know is OKC need to win 2 of 5, while Lakers need to win 4 of 5. And teams won first 2 of best of 7 went on to win the series 95% of times.

    • girouxhasladyballs - May 17, 2012 at 5:35 AM

      lakers best chance to win a game is game 3. game 4 they will be dead tired and 5 is obviously back in OKC.

      • lyndseymarieee - May 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        OKC in 5. No way the Lakers win a back-to-back (even if it is at home). If this were the beginning of the season it probably wouldn’t be a problem. But this is the post season and Lakers have played way more ball the past few weeks than OKC.

    • bucsnsincity - May 17, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      The Lakers should be worried not OKC, lakers kept the ball inside w/ their bigs they dominated, OKC shot horrible in the 2nd half and yet somehow they win… I mean seriously 77 points and they win, that only gives them more confidence.

  10. rosesacl - May 17, 2012 at 4:43 AM

    Robert Horry
    dereck Fisher
    Steve Blake
    Which one of these 4 is not like the other

    • dadaboi - May 17, 2012 at 5:51 AM

      Kobe. He is a ballhog.

    • 00maltliquor - May 17, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      STEVE BLAAAAAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s the answer!!!

  11. Gboi - May 17, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    The writer really have to put emphasis about how Kobe shrunk in the “clutch” and he had to drag out Lebron James for comparison. However, whatever negative criticism goes to the Mamba being called a “myth” in terms of being clutch one question still remain….

    Would the missed trey by Blake would have been the ending of the game if Kobe would have been the one who heave that shot?…

    Yeah, there was that costly turnover which was Blake’s fault by the way for passing it to Kobe carelessly when Westbrook was hovering so close. There was that desperation 3 that was just heaved because the shot-clock was 2 seconds when he got the ball, and then there was that airball because Bynum cannot gain position in the post being guarded one-on-one and yes there was that last shot that was taken by Blake that would have rendered all this brouhaha about clutch when it went in.

    So many would have been ending, but none as big as “what if, it was Kobe who took that last shot?” Could it have been a basket?…

    That question alone would make this the conclusion of this article MOOT!!!!

  12. addict2sport - May 17, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Kobe Bryant is a jerk. Plain and simple. His on court demeanor is the complete opposite of how I want my son to act. After Blake’s shot he began jumping up and down and flailing his arms instead of running over fouling the Thunder player who had rebounded the miss. Blake was wide open. Kobe could not get himself open. Kobe absolutely blew that game. He was horrible those last two minutes. A true leader would take ownership, not throw a tantrum on the court. Do I celebrate his game winners? You better believe it. Do I dislike nearly everything about him on and off the court? Yes. Does that make me a hypocrite? You better believe it. Lakers will win Game 3 and then the Thunder will take the series in Game 5.

    • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      Your son will never amount to anything athletically…and you even wanting to let someone else be his role model instead of yourself only shows how pathetic your life really is.

      • basedrum777 - May 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        Bozos: Do you really mean that famous atheletes never used other previous players as role models? GTFO.
        How do you know this person isn’t paralyzed and wants their kid to follow an athletic ballplayer to show what he can do? I would say based on your statement that your life is the pathetic one.

      • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        What I said was that the father should ALWAYS want to be the only real role model in his kid’s life. Why trust your children to anyone other than yourself? Lazy to expect others to be the role model in your kid’s life.

      • doctorhoops - May 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM

        Yeah kids across America.. Bozo says tear down all those posters of pro athletes that are on the walls of your rooms. Hahahaha. Listen to a clown for advice about father-son dynamics. And Bozo says, be sure to personally insult anyone who follows teams that you don’t like. Use Bozo as your role model

      • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        Only a doofus such as you would think that I am trying to tell anyone how to act…I’ll leave that to you overly judgmental hypocrites in New England, the most vile group of sports fans in America.

      • doctorhoops - May 17, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        I’m rubber and your glue. What you say bounces off me and sticks to you … Hahaha

      • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        Sure thing, Pee Wee (D!ck) Herman.

      • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        BTW, it’s “you’re”…”doctor”.

      • doctorhoops - May 17, 2012 at 2:21 PM

        Taking grammar points from a foul-mouthed clown. Now that is funny. Bozo says: Don’t forget to punctuate, boys and girls… hahaha

      • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 2:23 PM

        Sure thing, “doctor”. The only “clown” here is you.

      • doctorhoops - May 17, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        Right back at you, “Flamey the Clown.” Your vile spew degrades the entire comment board. Rather than offer genuine insight, your comments are repetitive one-note insults more fitting for some dunking-booth sideshow performer. Run that through your spell check…

      • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 4:22 PM

        Payback is a b!tch. Maybe you should go to some of the other comment boards where hordes of New England sports fans continually degrade the rival teams and fans of those teams? Clean up your own backyard before you try to call me or anyone else out.

  13. infectorman - May 17, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Where’s Mr. Purple and Yellow himself, to explain away how the Fakers got robbed?
    Oh that’s right, they just CHOKED.
    Poor Little KoME couldn’t get open so some random-white-dude heaved up a UNCONTESTED 3-pt attempt and CHOKED, as well.
    Guess it’s like a LA FAKER disease, CHOKING, that is.
    The best part is watching KoME sulk in the huddle after he knew the game was lost- poor little Ko-ME.

    KoME line: 9-31 F-ing attempts: RU freakin KIDDING me? PASS THE BALL, HUN!
    and 2 stinkin free-throws. Glorified Jump Shooter

    Who’s the bigger CHOKER ? Ko-ME or Lamebron?

    • pglive21 - May 17, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      Don’t know where you’re getting 9-31 from infectorman. Kobe shot 9-25. He actually started 9-20 and then finished with a very unclutch 5 misses in a row. He shot 36% not 22.5%. There are lots of criticisms of Kobe, but at least get your facts straight.

      • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 10:12 AM


        You have to excuse AIDSinfectedman…he is still bitter that all of his teams so far this season have CHOKED this past year. Not nearly as much of a CHOKE as when his hometown heros slid down his throat just a bit too deeply.

      • pglive21 - May 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        Whatever bozo, there’s no need for that kind of vulgarity in these comments. Obviously it’s not limited to you, you were just the one who responded to my post. I hate Kobe as much as the next guy, but I can still respect his abilities.

      • infectorman - May 17, 2012 at 5:29 PM

        no bitterness here BOZO-the-tool-shed… Wins come and wins go, makes no difference to me…I like when teams win and root them on, period.
        Bitterness is for people like that cannot stop insulting people,repeatedly because they dont agree with you.

        Admittedly, glanced quickly at the box-score and inadvertently added the SIX MISSED 3-pt attempts that KoME attempted to the his total….Whatever.
        Apparently, he never thought to PASS THE BALL!!!

        Doesn’t change the fact that he repeatedly choked HUGE all over the floor in the final 2 minutes, and that you are still an infantile piece of garbage with the mentality of a 4th-grade school boy.

        U gonna make it to the 5th grade this year? Must be tough on your ego having stayed back to repeat 4th grade 4 times now.. Also, seeing your slurp-partner KoME make you look even more the fool than you already do.

        Fakers… Gasol is as ALMOST as soft as your weak-a$$ attempts ridiculing people here on these boards.

    • drewzducks - May 17, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      They did look like a bunch of Bozos those last two minutes didn’t they. I’m sure he’ll come out of his closet at some point. Haven’t seen a gag like that since Bozo dropped to his knees in front of Kobe.

      • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM

        Never met Kobe, therefore your lame comment could never be true. There is YouTube video of drewsucks knobslobbering all over KG though.

      • drewzducks - May 17, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        Aidsinfectedman ?..clever…you could just call him “Magic” but that would be too easy

  14. omniusprime - May 17, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Just pathetic how the Lakers closed that final two minutes not scoring a single point. That clown Brown just had no good offensive play at the very end. Why was Flake in at the end instead of Sessions? If the Lkaers lose this series then it’s time to clean house, get rid of Brown, Flake, McRoberts and that other deadbeat forward they picked up during the offseason and find some better replacements.

    The Lakers must win the next two games at home to have a chance. They showed they could beat the Blunder if they just bear down the whole game, 46 minutes just isn’t enough. Go Kobe!!! Go Lakers!!!!

  15. schaffershokai - May 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    It seems someone has been a little too much of this:

  16. Foul Dwimmerlaik - May 17, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Kobe has the Thunder right where he wants them: Over confident and happy. Time for the Kobe Hammer!

  17. jb4820 - May 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Being a life long Laker fan, I made a deal with them while they were down by 15 at home, game 7 of the NBA Finals to the Celtics two years ago. Pull this one out against the hated Celtics and I will be content no matter what for 5 years.

    Yes they blew one last night but they are playing a better team. As for Kobe, 7 NBA Finals appearances, 5 rings, two NBA Finals MVP awards….enough said.

    • loungefly74 - May 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      jb, i agree whole heartedly. i feel the same way. that 2010 title has been the apex of success in my time being a Laker fan (30+ years though those titles in the 80’s were awesome and the shaq era was fantastic as well)…it was so gratifying. and it’s great to know our Lakers have brought us so many great moments to cheer for and be happy/proud about. now, i know the haters are loving this and hang on every dispair moment our beloved franchise faces BUT in the long run…it feels damn good to be a Laker fan. heck, even we know we can’t win it EVERY year, ya know?

    • 00maltliquor - May 17, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      Word. Nice little short story jb.
      Ditto loungefly.

  18. mungman69 - May 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    The Lakers did ALL of the right things on that last possession except the shooter missed the shot. Can’t blame Coach Brown for that.

  19. lyndseymarieee - May 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Maybe after OKC sends LA home, Lakers fans will realize that the team they have now is not the same one that brought home 5 championships since 2000. And stop bringing it up in every conversation about the team.

  20. joeksnuffy - May 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Kobe choked in the last 2 minutes of this game. Does that mean he’s no longer one of the greatest players ever? The guy is a great player with 5 rings to show for it. He’s not a young man anymore and couldn’t get it done this time. End of story.

    • agon10420 - May 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      next time coach Brown bench Kobe the last two minutes

    • girouxhasladyballs - May 17, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      sports are a what have you done for me lately business tho.

  21. agon10420 - May 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    kobe your done you sealed your legacy and being compared to M.J well you dont reach his shoestrings choker

  22. agon10420 - May 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    i would love to be at game 3 to yell at kobe to pass the ball like game 7 against Denver

  23. agon10420 - May 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    This Laker team will now lose 2 straight at home they will quit its over in 4

  24. prosourcetalk - May 17, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Lakers are done, no way they can win this series.

  25. 91devinhester23 - May 17, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    I didn’t see the shot cause I had to download doodle jump

    • progress2011 - May 17, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Man, that’s messed up Man.

      ahahahaha !!! Instant Classic

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  5. J. Smith (1431)