People are happy with close losses against good teams. It sounds like fans of bad teams to a tee.
The Lakers did some good things in the 2nd half against OKC, but the entire 2nd half was basically garbage time for OKC. I think this game is pretty much the same as a lot of the others. The Lakers showed off some good things, but weren't able to put them together for an entire game.
Guess what? Lots of bad teams do that too.
And someone refusing to give credit to another team would sooner say they "stepped off the gas"
Do you honestly THINK that OKC's coach would tell them "Ok we're leading at halftime let's cruise in the 2nd half"
Anything to stop giving credit to our defense?
We came out focused in the 2nd half and played well shutting down Westbrook and playing with defensive intensity. OKC didn't take their "gas off the pedal" we found ways to stop them.
They got a lot of shots in the 2nd quarter off of missed layups by us or plays where we'd get hit and fall out of bounds and they took advantage with their fast break points.
But I love how you give the team no credit whatsoever for not letting Westbrook scorch them past the 2nd quarter. Westbrook only had 2 points in the entire second half and was 1-8 or 1-9.
OKC didn't put their gas on the pedal, we responded to their play with playing defense and we won every quarter but the 2nd.
Our team did some really good things and we played with intensity which is what we consistently want to see.
"Bad teams fans" are looking at a team that already has chemistry wanting to see them perform above themselves and uncover their untapped potential.
WE are watching our team for chemistry and wanting us to put together that same intensity for 4 quarters. This has ALWAYS been the case with the Lakers. So when we see our team start clicking, the chemistry coming together, and guys playing with intensity we know we're about to go on a tear.
A "bad team" doesn't have that benefit. When the Wizards beat the Heat their fans don't say "Alright we're ready for the playoffs."
If we beat the Heat and show the chemistry and consistency our fans say "Looks like we're ready to go on a tear." Because that's the difference, our issue is our lack of chemistry and consistency. A bad team's problems are their players or not having any player(s) good/great enough to get them over the hump regardless of how "well" they play together. Big difference. As we have those players, it's all about them learning to play together and our role players stepping up.
Your comparison is wrong from the get go.
Edited by Majesty, December 09, 2012 - 12:13 AM.