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Andrew Bynum says Lakers know how to slow down Thunder

May 18, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers' Bynum drives past Oklahoma City Thunder's Perkins during Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City Reuters

The Los Angeles Lakers contained the Oklahoma City Thunder offense in Game 2 — Russell Westbrook shot 5-17, the Thunder shot just 42 percent as a team, they averaged just 90.6 points per 100 possessions in the game, and the Lakers slowed the game down to 85 possessions.

And the Lakers still lost. That should scare Lakers fans.

Lakers center Andrew Bynum is spinning the positive out of that for his team — they can defend what was the league’s second best offense during the regular season averaging 107.1 points per 100 possessions. Here is what Bynum said, via the Los Angeles Times.

“I don’t think we have many pieces to pick up,” center Andrew Bynum said. “We know exactly how to defend them now and offensively making them pay for just being over-aggressive.”

The question becomes was that the Lakers defense or was it an off night for the Thunder offense? More bluntly, can the Lakers do it again?

The Thunder will make adjustments to the Lakers doing things like cutting off Kevin Durant’s curls off picks and the like. The Thunder have counter moves. The Thunder can also just shoot the ball better than they did that game. What’s more, they have athleticism that will not take a night off — when the Lakers make mistakes like turnovers the Thunder make them pay a price. For evidence, see the last two minutes of Game 2.

Bottom line, knowing exactly how to defend them and executing it are very different things. The Lakers are going to have to play better Friday night to have a chance.

  1. mytthor - May 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    But what he said was correct. They do KNOW how. Unfortunately the Lakers sometimes for some reason need another ingredient; desire.

    • dal24la - May 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      Bynum might know how but the question is will he have the desire to execute the gameplan? Or will he be in one of his “not rebounding or defending tonight games”?

  2. jedicurt - May 18, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Yep, they know how to slow them down… they just don’t know how to stop them from winning in the last 2 minutes

    • stadix093 - May 18, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Yup. Have to slow them down for 48 minutes. Only did for 46 last time. It’s scary that that is all they needed to win, it really speaks to how good they are.

      • dal24la - May 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        It also didn’t hurt Kobe had 2 turnovers and was 2/7 in the 4th quarter. His last 6 minutes were atrocious.

  3. bobulated - May 18, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    The Thunder are more talented, hungrier, younger, etc. IMHO the Lakers need to worry about not getting swept at this point.

  4. slumdog66 - May 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Bynum, just shut up already. You’ve made a clown out of yourself already

  5. addict2sport - May 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    The Andrew Bynum PR nightmare continues. Never thought I’d miss the days of Kobe and Shaq throwing jabs at each other.

  6. nightrain42 - May 18, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Can this guy just shut up? Play the game idiot. Don’t give OKC any more motivation.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 - May 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Although true, Bynum, TALK LESS — PLAY HARDER (like Game 2).

    Those last two minutes were mostly on Kobe and Mike Brown’s poor time management and timeout usage, but Bynum HAS to play like he did for most of Game 2 both games this weekend.

  8. stayreal247 - May 18, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    The Lakers are facing a daunting and improbable task of beating a thunder team that are way to talented and athletic. There’s a reason the thunder are one of the best teams in the NBA, and while the Lakers can try their best to slow this team down, at end of day everyone has to admit Oklahoma city is way better than LA. The thunder will win this series in six. Follow me on twitter @StayRealLikeMe

  9. aboogy123456 - May 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    All you jerks need to stop going overboard with the Bynum hate. He can be very childish, but what he’s saying is actually true, they have a formula to win they just need to execute, not much needs to change in the gameplan.

    As a lakers fan, I like that he has this type of calmness and ego to him. He can be a loaf half the season, but when the games start to really count, and when it comes to clutch points in the game, Bynum has been great. I think a big reason he plays so well in the clutch is because he has that confidence, and he doesn’t get disappointed or down on himself when the lakers are losing.

    • girouxhasladyballs - May 18, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      if they had the formula to win already they would’ve won already.

  10. rosesacl - May 18, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Bynum tells it like it is… his analysis is 100% accurate and everybody wants to get on his case…

  11. ragingmouse - May 18, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    OKC is like a shark in the water that has tasted blood and the lakers are like the wounded bleeding fish…

    It’s just a matter of time before the shark finishes off and eats its pray!

  12. pacific123ocean - May 18, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    AB, just shut up and play basketball!

  13. bozosforall - May 18, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Elbows to the head all around. Just kidding.

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