EL SEGUNDO, CA -- It must be tough for a professional basketball coach to admit to the world that an opponent can't be stopped. Has to be even harder to try and figure out how then to stop the unstoppable.
That's the dilemma Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni was facing early Monday afternoon as his team wrapped up practice before boardinga charter flight to Oklahoma City. Tuesday night the Lakers meet the Thunder the polar opposite of each other as basketball teams.
OKC is faster, quicker and more explosive than L.A., so D'Antoni and his staff will go down to the wire trying to come up with a game plan to stop Kevin Durant and the rest of the Thunder. The odds of that, however, are not in favor of the older, slower and far less explosive Lakers.
"This is definitely a case of 'pick your poison' when it comes to Durant and Russell (Westbrook)," D'Antoni lamented. "So what you have to do is basically slow down their entire team by forgetting about offensive rebounds and breaking back...