FB&G: Lakers/Thunder — Game 4 Preview and Chat

Forum Blue & Gold: It’s funny how a loss can plant seeds of doubt into the minds of fans and media. In game three, the Lakers pretty much controlled the game until the closing minutes of the third quarter when they allowed a run that made the game a dog fight for final 12 minutes. In that closing period, the Lakers still fought hard, but a very good OKC team made the key plays and were carried to the finish line by the momentum that comes from a fantastic home crowd. By no means am I trying to discount the Thunder as a team or knock their credibility as a worthy foe. But, if the first three games have shown me anything it’s that the Lakers are the superior team that just needs to play with discipline and smarts for longer stretches of the game. The Thunder players have that youthful exuberance and the athleticism that comes with it, but the Lakers themselves are no slouches physically and if they’re able to establish a consistent focus they can find themselves one step closer to clinching this series after tonight. The question as always is will they do what they know is necessary to take home a win or will they only do what’s needed for stretches?

And the Lakers know what they need to do. From the beginning of this series we’ve talked about adjustments and after game 3 we revisited the topic. The X’s and O’s of this series couldn’t be more clear, it’s the dedication to and execution of them that needs to be better woven into the minds of the Lakers. And really, that’s what this series has turned into. The Thunder are a team that will not quit. They won’t get down on themselves because the score board doesn’t show them in the lead and they won’t roll over because the outcome of the game is in doubt. If anything, these circumstances only make them fight harder and push further to try and turn the game in their favor. As I mentioned above, the Lakers have all the physical talent that they’ll need, it’s the mental aspects of the game that will need to be called upon if they are to prevail. In a sense, they need to be as strong mentally in sticking to their plan as the Thunder have been when trying to dig themselves out of holes. If the Lakers can sustain focus and not go away from what works, Thunder runs will be squelched and control of the game will remain in LA’s favor. But, if the Lakers don’t do this, they’ll again find themselves in a close games at the end that can swing in the other team’s direction.

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  • andyhank

    They need to do something differently. All three games they explode in the first quarter and get outplayed the next 3.

    They were able to get away with it at home but away they weren’t so lucky. We need better contribution from the bench especially lamar and shannon so we can finish strong.

  • BJ

    C’mon Lakers! Got the Kobe away jersey-shirt rockin’…got the tri-tip on the grill…got the beer ice cold…got the rocksteady reggae playing…and watchin’ the Hawks get blown out…WE GOTTA WIN! Pound the ball into Pau and Bynum…Lamar and the bench (GIVE US SOMETHING!!!) And we NEED to keep and hold leads…EXECUTE in the last 2 min of quarters!!!

  • REAL TALK LAL

    never seen a game called for 1 team in my life……..OKC was handed that game in the first half

  • expo

    Kobe better come out firing in game 4 ’cause he didnt do s%$t in this one!!!!! His legs should be well rested! (Absolutely ridiculous)!!!!!

    • expo

      maybe phil lost us this game w/ his mouth!!!

  • jonb

    Wonder how mitch feels about our team NOW, what with our “deep” bench and ability to make westbrook an allstar. I cant wait for game 5; actually I can…..

  • mytiman

    this is just ridiculous. lakers have shot more, and made more. but the free throws…… +24 advantage to the thunders. DAMN.

    Where the f*ck is Kobe? Too old to play huh?

  • justdogm1

    if that is flipping the switch,find another switch.thought the CELTICS were the OLD , slow guys?

  • rondo

    Lakers should be ashame of themselves. Maybe this ass whopping is a wakeup call.

  • Touch MEE

    Wheres Nostradumus he hiding cuz he knows the Lakers aint winning it this year. Being a Lakers fan I got to say what a sorry excuse for a basketball team to let the Thunder do that to a defending champion, I don’t see LA winning this series, plus Kobe is hurt. The Thunder are simply better and have no player over the age of 25, I am an embarrassed LA fan

  • andyhank

    Has anyone else noticed the only reason this damn team appears to be pulverizing us is due to the amount of FTs they get? Lol, we’re not old, we’re being cheated. 48 freethrows! Are you kidding me? When is this game gonna be played 5 on 5 and not 8.

    • Toni

      All I can say about Saturday nights’ game is: “UNBELIEVABLE!” … Could the Refs be any more biased?! … The Free Throw disparity was incomprehensible!!!!!

  • justdogm1

    whats more pathetic,andyhanks weak-ass take or the lakers saturday night?ref`s had nothing to do with this weak-ass performance………..no heart.

    • andyhank

      When the score suggests you’re down by 20 into the fourth, there is really no way you’re gonna win it unless the other team has a complete meltdown. Take out the starters, give it up. That’s what happens. But if they didnt get 48 free shots the score wouldve been different. There would be heart there. Get real. Lakers just knew when to give up.