**Exciting game last night as the LA Lakers tried to fight off the OKC Thunder. LA was in the lead by as much as 13 with 8 minutes to go before a familiar scene unfolded: rally time by the losing team. Yup, Kevin Durant hit ANOTHER game-winner and OKC is up 3-1. Josh (LRDP’s resident Laker fan) and Cronise covered it live.
Josh (21:44): Text showdown?
Cronise: OKC-Laker game?
Cro: Sure. Could be your dying blaze of glory
>>O’s game is good too.
(22:09)>>Pre game showing LA no love
JB: O’s game is great.
LA should have won game 2. It hurts seeing the should/coulda’s transpire
Cro: Let’s go Jimmy J!!
>>I think the Lakers might have a chance if this game was in OKC. After that Clippers fiasco, Staples Center is no-go
JB: Haha. You would. O’s are making this toooooo close.
Cro: There it is. 13 games above .500. Hammel is beginning a gem
JB: Our bullpen was hurting a little tonight, but we made it through.
Cro: (22:31): OKC 97, LA 91
>>Btw I take back what I said about OKC getting rid of Sefolosha. He’s played some excellent D on Kobe.
JB (22:48): It’s going to be one of those games. Trading baskets. And if our bigs can’t control the paint, it will be bad.
Cro: I like the Bynum/Gasol vs Ibaka/Perkins battle.
>>Would love to see Kevin Durant crank it up and take his game to a new level tonight
JB: Does he have the ability?
Cro: I think so. He’s great. But I still think there’s a level of his game he has never shown.
>>Like… Roy Halladay in the playoffs. Dials it down and gets better somehow.
JB: That’s the thing, he has the ability. He just hasnt tapped into it yet. When has he ever taken over a game in these playoffs, or for that matter, in any playoffs?
Cro (23:02): He has shown some spurts. But I think it’s more an issue of what is the catalyst?
>>He’s almost too laid back. I think the whole team is
>>I just looked it up: KD has zero triple doubles. ZERO.
JB: The answer is this: he doesn’t have to blow up. He has a TEAM that is capable of carrying themselves. Westbrook and harden plus Durant. Best big three in the game.
0 triple doubles is interesting. That’s not his game. He is a Kobe. A scorer.
Cro: Serge Ibaka, Kemba Walker, Andre Iguodala, David Lee combined for 4 this season. There is no way Durant is incapable of a trib dub if he wanted one.
>>Like you said, he doesn’t NEED to get them. But he should WANT them.
JB (23:30): That’s my thing. I don’t know if he has that “drive.” the Kobe, the MJ. He has the LeBron drive.
Which I’m starting to believe isn’t a bad thing. LeBron is one of the best players to ever walk this earth. He doesn’t have the sniper drive, but he can basically play as 2 players in one.
Cro: Yeah but I see Lebron and KD as like basketballs version of the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other
>>KD needs that kill switch to show that his maturity/talent/personality pays off
JB: I like that. True story. So is it better to be he angel or the devil?
Cro: Until he shows that he WANTS that ring, it’s hard to really make a difference
>>Like saying its ok to not win titles, as long as you are called the greatest player. Like titles don’t really matter.
>>Tell that to Jordan, or Kobe, or Bill Russell. Or tell it to KG, who has 1 and wants to taste more.
>>Or Steve Nash… Who I think doesn’t get the credit he should bc he still doesn’t have one.
JB: Titles, to me, make the player. Kobe is one of the best ever. You don’t have titles, you suck.
Cro: Lebron acts like he wants a title, but there is no urgency. He carries himself like there’s always next year/when he decides it’s time, he’ll take it.
>>That’s why I hate him so much. It’s arrogance.
JB: It’s ignorance. He doesn’t do it because he wants to be the best, he does it bc he IS the best.
Cro (23:32): You just said something about Kobe that got me thinking
>>It’s like he thinks if he keeps racking up MVP trophies it’ll be enough to waive on the fact he has no titles.
>>But 3 MVPs + 0 rings still equals 0 rings
>>Sadly, for KD the same thing is true about scoring titles.
***Lakers 56, Thunder 46. Halftime.***
***Lakers 58, Thunder 49***
(23:56)>>big 3 from Durant. He needed to hit that for confidence
JB: I hate Kendrick Perkins.
Cro: As in hate because he plays a defensive enforcer so well but he’s playing against you?
>>Ps I don’t are if it’s juvenile, I just snickered when Ibaka tea bagged Kobe’s neck.
JB: No – bc he acts way too “hard.” he isn’t hard at all. He’s big. That’s all.
>>And serge ibaka is ugly.
>>There’s the stat! Points in the paint, LA 36 OKC 24
Cro: True or false: you’re putting together a 3-man team to play H-o-r-s-e and you take Durant with your first or second choice.
(00:15)>>I say true.
JB: Ok. Yes. Here’s another scenario.
True or false: you’re putting together a 3-man team to play H-o-r-s-e and you take Kobe with your first or second choice.
Cro: 2012 Kobe or Any Year But 2012 Kobe?
JB: Any year. You know you would take him.
Cro: Honestly I think I go #1 KD #2 Brandon Jennings #3 Melo… Then Lebron then Kobe
JB: Kobe and Durant on a 3 person HORSE team. I’ll take it.
***Lakers 78, Thunder 71***
Cro: I swear Westbrook can cover half court in 2-3 steps. Unbelievable leg strength
JB: SHOOTING?!? Are you serious? Melo? No way man. You’re smoking something. Kobe has been top 5 since 2004. Won the scoring title twice since then, including 35 points/game.
Cro: He just showed me with that buzzer beater
>>Melo might have been a poor choice. But I think he would be good at Horse.
JB (00:30): Haha. so close to not being a shot. But I’m just appalled that you chose against Kobe for a SHOOTING contest. You can hate him, but he can freaken shoot
Cro: I’m thinking about effective range, that’s all
>>His numbers for 3 are way down this year
JB: I’ll take Kobe over anyone in the league any day. I wish the 3 point challenge would be Kobe, Durant, melo. Then the dunk contest would be LeBron, griffin, and _____.
Cro: Russell Westbrook.
>>Or Gerald Green again. Did you see that oop he did earlier this year and his shoulders were above the rim??
(00:47)>>Good idea or bad idea: try to find a starting spot for James Harden
***Lakers 96, Thunder 92***
JB: Harden is so productive off the bench. Pay him starter money and keep him on the bench.
Cro: Agreed. I think every team should have a start-worthy 6th man. Most important role on the team.
***96-96 tie game***
>>here we go for the finish
JB: True story. And I can’t believe it ended up this close.
Cro (1:01): This should be Durants moment…
***Thunder 101, Lakers 98***
>>Nice look by Kobe but… Did we just see “the moment”?
JB: Wow. How did they just lose that? Up by 12 and lose by 3?
***GAMEOVER. Thunder 103, Lakers 100***
Cro: LA could/should be up 3-1 but I think this series just ended
>>Down 13 with 8 to go.
JB: That’s the story of LAs season. Should be 3-1 but they aren’t.
Cro: It’s funny that KD has all those scoring titles bc when I watch OKC play, Westbrook often out scores him
>>Final thoughts on that one?
JB (1:17): OKC is better. Period. You’re right. Westbrook/Durant are deadly. La just can’t hang.
Cro: Not a bad thing. IMO. Means the NBA is shifting to the future.
>>I like it.
JB: Money isn’t everything man. Look at the MLB.
>>Ps. Great text showdown.
Cro: OKC isn’t about money. They operate old school. Smart drafting and patience. Then adding the best plugs they can find at the right price.
>>Perkins could be replaced, but it’s gonna cost more money to do it so at his price now, he’s perfect.
IMO- OKC is the team to beat.
Cro: Which is kind of how the Nationals and O’s are winning.
JB: Yes sir. That game reminded me of the O’s of the last decade – they had a lead, but it never felt safe. I just felt something else would happen.
Cro: I’m trying to catch a game soon. I feel guilty that I haven’t seen my favorite team. That has been kicking ass for almost two solid months.
JB (1:37): Ok. Then June 9th is a definite. Dorse is coming in town from Philly to see the Phils/O’s game.
Cro: Sounds right. It’s a plan.