Sunday, April 18, 2010

NBA Playoffs: Lakers vs Thunder - Round 1 Game 1 Post Game

2010 NBA playoffs - Western Conference
Los Angeles Lakers (1) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (8)
Round 1 - Game 1

Post Game

Lakers take Game 1 pretty convincingly beating the Thunder 87-79. The BIG story to today's Laker victory was Bynum's return after missing 13 games. What an impact two 7 footers can bring to a game, especially when they're on the same team. Bynum came out with a vengeance making his defensive presence felt early by blocking two shots in the first half and adding two more in the second. This is what the Lakers were missing ending the regular season. His energy alone was contagious and erupted his teammates and fans. Go Bynum!

Its Playoff time which means only one thing. The postseason championship level Lakers that we all know and love come out to play. Lakers always press the START/STOP button when necessary. What many skeptics fail to realize is that the postseason is a different level of basketball. Mid April basketball brings out the more physical, more energetic, and more superior performances by the leagues best athletes.

You can immediately see a different Lakers squad hit the hardwood floor within the first minute of the game. The energy was high octane, the Lakers tempo was fast and the defense was very strong. Today's game reassured the fans why the Lakers are THE BEST team in the Western Conference. Both big men played well, having double doubles and Kobe did his usual thing by scoring in double figures (team high 21 points) and setting the tempo and help carry the momentum to where the Thunder had no chance to catch up. The 1st quarter was really where the game was won due to the Lakers outscoring the Thunder by 14 points, 27-13. L.A. played great in all areas of the court leaving OKC dazed and confused. Give credit to Ron Artest with helping contain Durant to just 24 points. I say just 24 points because the Durantula averaged 30 points in the regular season. Durant went 7-24.

Oklahoma City's Westbrook and Durant were the only notable players carrying the team but their production was no matchup to the Lakers over-all team performance (4-5 Lakers starters in double figures). The Thunder will need much more help offensively from anyone other than Westbrook and Durant in order to avoid a sweep. Jeff Green was nowhere to be seen. He needs to contribute with the minutes he's getting. You can see that Krstic's bruised knee is still bugging him so Collison will need to step up big to crash those REB's for second shot opportunities or fast transition basketball.

Click on the link here to view the box score to today's game: Yahoo Sports!

Shot of the game (or pre game). Team captain will always be among the first to show up at the Staples Center practicing his shots, here he's practicing his free-throws well before game time.




2 comments :

  1. A lot of people will look at the boxscore and think that Ron did a middling job on Durant... but Ron was awesome today!

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  2. Yes, Ron was awesome yesterday! Everybody is acknowledging Bynum's return and forgetting about Artest's badgering defense against the leagues leading scorer. Durant went 7-24! We need that physicality this postseason and Artest will be the one to bring it.

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