|OKC wins Games 5 106-90 and the series 4 games to 1.|
First off, congrats to the Thunder. You guys deserved the win. They fought for the loose balls, they capitalized on Lakers mistakes, and made the game winners when the Lakers just couldn't. Many NBA fans will say it's the tired legs of the older team not being able to keep up with the younger team. I say that the Thunder just wanted it more. The Lakers took out the Thunder in a grueling 7 game series a few years ago and the Thunder were looking for redemption. The Lakers on the other hand, seemed to have been mailing it in. Why? I'm not so sure. Pau Gasol didn't show up until Game 5, after Kobe put the Game 4 loss squarely on Gasol's shoulders. Where was the dominant center that showed flashes of brilliance during the regular season? Bynum didn't crash the boards with the force that he's shown. I don't know if he just needs to have a fire lit under his ass so that he can come out and perform. And what about the "younger, faster" Derek Fisher replacement, Ramon Sessions? He was so timid in this series that it was a surprise when he finally decided to drive to the basket and help facilitate the offense. But you can't wait til Game 4 to decide to play. The Laker team just didn't bring it. Was there turmoil in the locker room? Did Kobe push his teammates too hard? Where was the fire that should have fueled Gasol (soft player), Bynum (best big man in the game), and Sessions (first ever playoffs)?
|Kobe: Guys... the game started like 2 hours ago!!!|
The Fisher trade hurts more than anyone would like to admit. We love Fisher. The man may not fill up the box score like he used to but you cannot deny that he was a strong voice in that locker room and helped guide new players. And let's not forget how clutch he has been for the Lakers. Especially in the playoffs. It was a leadership that we desperately lacked this postseason. Kobe is motivator in his own right but he's also the guy that will lead by example. Fisher would lead more with his words. He knew how to listen and how to talk to teammates to build a tight unit. You can clearly see that during this series with the Thunder. Kobe clearly put the blame on Gasol for a loss. Fisher would have put the loss on the team more than an individual.
|Congrats to you Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder|