Even though Kevin Durant was the Thunder player who finished second in the NBA MVP voting, it was Russell Westbrook who really crushed the Lakers in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
So the Lakers came back in Game 2 Wednesday night with a new plan against Westbrook: No more Kobe Bryant trying to stay in front of Westbrook and fight solo through the picks set by the Thunder for Westbrook to come free.
The more aggressive plan headed by Ramon Sessions and Steve Blake worked beautifully, as Westbrook was held to 5-of-17 shooting from the field and just four assists, but the Lakers still lost 77-75 with a late-game meltdown and Durant and James Harden stepping up for the Thunder.
The Lakers trail the series 2-0 with back-to-back games lined up at Staples Center on Friday and Saturday nights.
Bryant didn't deliver a monster offensive game despite not having to chase Westbrook. He made some mistakes down the stretch and finished with 20 points on 9-of-25 shooting. Sessions...