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Nba Playoffs Rd 2: [2] Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. [3] Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Playoffs Rd 2   23 members have voted

  1. 1. Who will win?

    • Oklahoma City Thunder
    • Los Angeles Lakers

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KD is the most clutch player in the NBA.

Durantula should have won MVP

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Durant!!! Love that guy!

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That's a wrap folks.

It's Dodgers baseball until training camp...

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The shooting skill in a 6' 11" body is tough to beat. Durantula ftw.

OKC vs SA should be quite a series, winner gets the Championship, no doubt.

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Another clutch performance from the Durantula. Take notes, Kobe and LeBron.

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Kobe chokes in the clutch again. He couldnt hit the side of the of a barn in the 4th. Father Time has finally caught up to him.

Also its sad no one acknowledges Westbrook scoring 37 points tonight, because they want Duranyt to seem like a one man show/MVP. Without Westbrooks contribution, Durant wouldntve been in a position to hit the clutch shot. Is The Golden Calf of Bristol the best NFL player because he's "clutch in the 4th"? If Westbrook played for any other team, you'd hear his name more.

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OKC is no match for the Staple Center refs.

LOL Staples Centers Refs??!? Did you even watch the fourth quarter??? Kobe got hacked the entire fourth and never got a call yet you could barely touch KD and Westbrook without hearing a whistle. Certainly not the reason L.A. is in a 3-1 hole, but the officiating late in the game was in anything but L.A.'s favor. No excuses though, OKC has been the better, and more clutch team all series....

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Kobe chokes in the clutch again. He couldnt hit the side of the of a barn in the 4th. Father Time has finally caught up to him.

Also its sad no one acknowledges Westbrook scoring 37 points tonight, because they want Duranyt to seem like a one man show/MVP. Without Westbrooks contribution, Durant wouldntve been in a position to hit the clutch shot. Is The Golden Calf of Bristol the best NFL player because he's "clutch in the 4th"? If Westbrook played for any other team, you'd hear his name more.

I absolutely question whether you have ever watched basketball in your entire life. The lack of respect you have for Kobe is an automatic indicator that you have no idea what you're talking about, and the only reason you attempt to talk basketball is purely just to hate.

You should really try getting into the NBA one year man its fun. And definitely don't pick a team to root for as shameful as the Bobcats, that miserable franchise will be the joke of every real teams locker room for the next decade.

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Kobe blames Pau Gasol for loss

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Lakers trudged off the Staples Center floor late Saturday, a single loss now separating them from season's end, another fourth-quarter collapse once again causing their undoing. They didn't show much poise in the locker room, either, with Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum pointing blame at others for allowing the Oklahoma City Thunder to steal their second victory in three games.

Bryant missed eight of his 10 shots in the final quarter, but shrugged off his struggles by saying his teammates' lack of aggressiveness "forced" him to take tough shots. He also left no question which teammate deserved the most blame for the 103-100 loss in Game 4.

Pau Gasol.

Bryant faulted Gasol for not playing aggressive enough. It was also Gasol's turnover that led to Kevin Durant making the winning 3-pointer with 13.7 seconds left.

"Pau's got to be more assertive," Bryant said. "He's the guy they're leaving [open]. When he's catching the ball, he's looking to pass. He's got to be aggressive. He's got to shoot the ball or drive the ball to the basket. He will be next game."

Bryant has periodically targeted Gasol with his public criticism, hoping to motivate him to lift his performance. But with the Lakers now down 3-1 in the series and facing Game 5 on Monday in Oklahoma City, Bryant's patience has been exhausted. Gasol's inconsistency has been a problem for the Lakers throughout the season, and he never seemed to recover after the team tried to trade him in December to the Houston Rockets in a deal with the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul. NBA commissioner David Stern blocked the trade, and Gasol has admitted his tenuous status with the franchise has bothered him.

Gasol totaled just 10 points and five rebounds in Game 4. Most recently, Bryant criticized both Gasol and Andrew Bynum after a listless performance in a Game 6 loss to the Denver Nuggets in the first round. Gasol responded with 23 points and 17 rebounds in the Lakers' clinching Game 7 victory.

After a dominant first half by Andrew Bynum on Saturday, the Thunder began fronting the Lakers' center with Kendrick Perkins. Bryant thought Gasol didn't attack enough when Serge Ibaka left him to help Perkins.

"He's looking to swing the ball too much," Bryant said. "He's got to take his shot."

That was the case on the game's most critical possession. After a steal by Steve Blake, Gasol tried to pass to Metta World Peace only to have Durant knock the ball away with 33.9 seconds left. Durant followed with the 3-pointer.

"Just a bad read on Pau's part," Bryant said.

"It's one play, one mistake," Gasol said. "There were a lot of mistakes in that fourth quarter, a lot of mistakes throughout the game. So, obviously, if I could have gone back, maybe I could have shot it and I would have. It's one play, obviously, at a critical time, but I don't feel like we lost the game because of one turnover."

Indeed, Bynum faulted the Lakers from going away from what was working. He had 14 points and seven rebounds as L.A. built a 10-point lead at halftime. With the Thunder increasingly fronting him, Bynum took just four shots in the second half, two in the fourth quarter when the Thunder erased a 13-point deficit over the final eight minutes.

"I didn't touch the ball, so the game started speeding up, speeding up, speeding up, speeding up," Bynum said. "They beat us in transition at the end.

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What a leader! LeBron needs to be just like this guy. Blame Joel Anthony publicly when they lose when he shoots 20% in the 4th of a crucial home playoff game (He also should be like MJ and punch Mike Miller in the face in practice to display "killer instinct"). I said the question for LA this playoff would be will Kobe defer to the bigs late in games. I said Kobe at his age can no longer will the Lakers to victories against contenders without ref assistance. Bynum gets few touches after dominating the first half, and thats why they lost, not Pau Gasol. Does Kobe blame Pau for his last 2 rings?

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He's right though....there's no excuse for Pau not taking that shot when Kobe fed it to him. He's one of the best seven footers in the game, and that's right in his range. No way Pau shouldn't have taken the shot....

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