Lakers is in Trouble
An article about the on going NBA playoffs.
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In the first matchup between the teams since World Peace struck James Harden with an elbow on April 22 to draw a seven-game suspension, the Thunder hit back to take a 1-0 series lead.
“I just tried to come out aggressive, we hadn’t played in a while and I had some good legs underneath me,” Westbrook told reporters.
The Thunder swept their first-round series and had more than a week off while the Lakers just wrapped up a tough seven-game series two days ago.
The Thunder’s dominance over the Lakers included committing only four turnovers, setting a franchise playoff record. That was a stunning reversal for a team that averaged an N.B.A.-worst 16.3 turnovers during the regular season. Kevin Durant and Westbrook were equal offenders, averaging a combined 7.4 turnovers.
The problem of the Lakers is Kobe’s age (he’s still good, but shooting like his younger self while not hitting like his younger self) and the overall weakness of the roster. When hope comes in the form of Ramon Sessions, it can be the reflection of a hopeless situation.