Found May 21, 2012 on Bloguin Best:
Game_5_0604
Two of the Lakers' three losses in their Western Conference Semifinals series against the Thunder have come down to key turnovers at inopportune times. The latest was an interesting cross-court pass from Pau Gasol that Kevin Durant intercepted, setting up his go-ahead 3-pointer that proved to be the difference in teh fourth quarter. Gasol, a typically skilled passer, made that dangerous pass at the worst possible moment for the Lakers. The margin for error in a tie game and down 2-1 was extremely small for the homestanding Lakers. They really had their chance to tie the series and push the heavily favored Thunder a little more. This series though has continued to show what both Los Angeles and Oklahoma City are made of mentally. It is when things go wrong that this part of a team's character is truly revealed. Trailing by seven with two minutes left in Game Two, Oklahoma City rallied and took the lead. Late turnovers doomed Los Angeles. Oklahoma City is showing that it is a ...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

What’s Next for Pau Gasol?

For some reason Lakers fans love to hate Pau Gasol. Maybe its because he’s not the most physical, or maybe because he doesn’t always want to take the last shot, but for some reason the seven foot Spaniard finds himself at the center of blame for large Lakers losses. Prior to the 2012 season, Gasol was nearly dealt to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul, but due to David Stern’s...

Lakers Foward Pau Gasol Wins J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol was presented the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award before Game 3 at Staples Center on Friday evening. He has done an exception job of giving back to the community. In a way, this has become almost first nature for the Spanish power forward.  He considered going to medical school instead of playing basketball.  Even today, he still has his...
HUG IT OUT

Gasol, Ibaka get touchy-feely

This must be a Spanish thing? It looks like Pau Gasol broke the golden rule of never touching another man’s crotch while playing basketball. During the closing moments of the game 3 Lakers playoff victory over the Oklahoma Thunder, Pau gave Serge Ibaka an inappropriate fondling below the waist. It is pretty obvious what Gasol did was no accident, so the real question should...

Kevin Durant drops a hammer on the Los Angeles Lakers. Thunder win 103-100

LOS ANGELES –The Lakers bench players either shook their heads in disbelief, let their jaws drop or tried to bury themselves in the palms on their hands as the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant drained a fatal 3-point blow to seal Game 4. To read this feature and watch post-game footage, please click the link below.

Bryant Blames Gasol For Costly Turnover

Kobe Bryant criticized Pau Gasol for throwing away a pass with 33.9 seconds remaining in the Lakers' 103-100 loss to Oklahoma City on Saturday.

Durant’s no LeBron….Thank God!

Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant has made a habit of taking - and making - clutch, late-game shots in his short NBA career.I don’t k now how else to say it, but every time I watch the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant – and compare him to Miami Heat league MVP LeBron James – I simply marvel at the major difference in the mentality of each player.That’s right...

The Real Reason for the Lakers’ 2012 Playoff Exit? An Aging Kobe

24 hours after the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2012 playoff ouster, the weather remains sunny in Los Angeles, although the future of the Lakers remains as ominous and as cloudy as ever. The Lakers are officially cap-strapped, have an aging core, lack perimeter shooting, lack consistency at the PG position, and no longer have the same chemistry that once made them title contenders. But...

Durant dunks on Hill : Westbrook and World Peace shuffle

Although the Los Angeles Lakers won game 3 99-96 Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant had the play of the night. Late in the 2nd quarter Kendrick Perkins set a pick for Durant and the three point line and Durant did the rest. Durant drove the middle of the lane and threw and dunk down on the Lakers Jordan Hill. Durant threw down a monster dunk with his right hand...

Apparently Hipster Clothing IS Allowed Under the NBA Dress Code

With all the creativity that these NBA fellows have been putting into their wardrobes I wondered how much of this is allowed under the dress code. Well, you will be happy to know that…ALL OF IT is. The NBA dress code isn’t nearly as strict as I remember. Here’s a little refresher: Oklahoma Thunder's Kevin Durant (right) and Russell Westbrook (left) are fashion risk takers...

Thunder surge past Lakers to win West semis

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook scored 28 points, Kevin Durant added 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder surged ahead in the second half to beat Los Angeles 106-90 in Game 5 on Monday night and eliminate the Lakers from the playoffs. The two All-Stars both bypassed their breaks in the second half and used the time they'd normally be resting to fuel...

Thunder shows its determination

The Thunder could have looked at Saturday's 13-point deficit with eight minutes left and mentally checked out. A loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 wouldn't have been the end of the world. After all, Oklahoma City would have headed home with the series tied 2-2 knowing that it could advance without having to win a game at Staples Center. But the Thunder didn't...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.