How could the the Thunder go from obliterating the defending champs in game 4 to being obliterated two nights later? On Sunday morning, the talk was about how the Lakers looked old, fat, and unmotivated. On Wednesday morning, the talk was about how the Lakers look hungry, fresh, and invigorated.
I was so angry while watching the game that I spent a lot of it diagnosing what went wrong, and trying to figure out how to swing the momentum back again.
My partner in crime at The Lost Ogle, Patrick tweeted during the game:
I wouldn’t think the home court would such a big deal for professionals. Shows what I know.
As a fanbase, we have enjoyed the good that comes with having a team full of players who are right around drinking age. On Tuesday night, and probably in games 1 and 2 without really realizing it, we saw the bad. These guys, who in olden days would have been resting after the NCAA tournament, obviously fed off that Ford Center crowd and were intimidated by the Staples Center “faithful.”
If we think the Thunder can overcome this factor in Game 7, we’re probably deluding ourselves. That being said, they can totally do it. Keep Reading…