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Lakers were hoping extend their playoff run by winning on the road, but as the history books will note, close-out games are the toughest to win.
The Lakers were no match for the dominating play by the 3-headed monster known as Durant-Westbrook-Harden, losing 106 – 90.
The Lakers couldn’t keep up with younger, faster, more talented Thunder.
The Thunder’s dominating offense and rebounding secured a spot to play the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.
Most critics would say that it was the Thunder’s time to move on and contend for the title. But, I think it’s a matter of a rising team that is hungrier than the Lakers, who as of late, haven’t shown the same hunger and same discipline of previous championship teams. The
How is it that people are talking about breaking up a team featuring the two most dominating 7-footers and one of the greatest players of all time? There should be no question that the Lakers can contend. The Lakers have the pieces and it’s a matter of how those pieces work together. You could blame a lot of factors for why the Lakers aren’t the cohesive unit they once were. They have an older Kobe, a new coach, and fewer pieces from the former championship team.
They’ll have to take a good look at what they need to be a contender for years to come.
But, life goes on and so do the Thunder, on to the next round.
The Thunder have outright taken the torch and are well on their way to the Western Conference Finals.
This is the most dominating team I can remember whose average age is 26. The pure talent that is the Thunder may be the team that other teams look to as a blueprint for success. Remember, this is a team that 5 years ago was going through an awful divorce with Seattle. And now, it’s a team that is poised to take the crown at the end of the season.
Congrats OKC, you’ve earned it.