Found May 15, 2012 on Players View:
OKLAHOMA CITY—The Thunder smacked the Lakers in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series. There are nicer ways to say it but the way that the Lakers lost this one was not pretty. To read this story and watch a recap video please click the link below.

VIDEO: Kobe Bryant says the Lakers can’t guard the Thunder

When Kobe Bryant was asked whether or not the Lakers’ players could guard the Thunder players during a press conference after LA’s game one loss in the second round of the western conference playoffs, Kobe responded by simply saying “no”. Kobe seems to be sarcastic or even a bit insulted by the question, but the proof is in the box score. The Lakers got blown out by the...

Video: Lakers Down 0-2 to Thunder

With two minutes left in the game and the L.A. Lakers up by 7, it looked like Kobe Bryant and the Lakers would be able to bounce back for the Game 2 victory after getting dominated by the Oklahoma City Thunder 119-90 in Game 1. Kevin Durant and the Thunder had a different plan in mind. The Thunder went on a 9-0 run in the last two minutes, thanks to two forced turnovers by Durant...

Kobe high-fives Justin Timberlake after big shot

After hitting the game-clinching shot in game seven of the Lakers/Nuggets playoff series, Kobe Bryant decided to high-five some of the celebrity Lakers fans in courtside seats. Watch as Kobe high fives singer/actor Justin Timberlake who returns the favor:

Kobe Bryant: I don't take charges

Lakers star Kobe Bryant says he doesn't take charges, and he's got a reason for it.

Kobe won't take charges

Sacrificing your body to take a charge is one of the great momentum builders in basketball. Absorbing the hit from an opposing player coming at you like a freight train takes its toll on the body, but for a lot of players the turnover is worth the sacrifice. Not for Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant. To paraphrase Meatloaf, Kobe would do anything for his team, but he won’t do that...

TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager blocks a fan from returning to his seat

TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager was doing a live segment in the stands during the Lakers vs. Thunder game on Monday night when a Thunder fan tries to get back to his seat but is blocked by Sager.The fan seemed oblivious to what was going on or didn't care. Who can blame the fan though if he  didn't want to miss another exciting play from Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook...

NBA Playoffs: Thunder-Lakers Series Begins With Blowout That Likely Portends Rest of Series

The Oklahoma City Thunder came into Game 1 against the Lakers after a layoff of over a week. Many were calling into question whether or not the young Thunder team would be affected by this long layoff, but a 119-90 win over the Lakers proved that they were only helped by the time off. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook proved to be way too much for the Lakers to handle in Game 1...

Lakers cave late, fall into 0-2 hole vs. Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kevin Durant scored 22 points and rattled in the go-ahead basket on a baseline runner with 18 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder scored the final nine points to rally for a 77-75 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night. Oklahoma City trailed by seven with 2 minutes left before surging back...

Celtics take out anger on 76ers in Game 3

Many times after basketball games conclude, we prescribe emotions to a team or player just because of the results. When the Los Angeles Lakers came back to defeat the Boston Celtics in Game 7 two seasons ago, we described Kobe Bryant as indomitable because he rebounded a heap of misses and the Lakers prevailed. Partially, our description was true. Bryant surely wanted that game...

Kobe Bryant high-fives Justin Timberlake after big basket (Video)

After Kobe Bryant made a key shot in the final minute of the Los Angeles Lakers' series-clinching win over the Denver Nuggets Saturday night, he gave a high-five to Justin Timberlake in the front row while running back on defense. NBA/TNT video via. Holdout Sports has a new look. Visit us at and tell us what you think.

Preview and Prediction: Thunder vs. Lakers

While the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised past the Dallas Mavericks the Los Angeles Lakers needed seven games to get pass the Denver Nuggets. There is no question that the Thunder will be well rested for the Lakers. Scoring champ Kevin Durant picked up right where he left off in the regular season. In the series against the Mavs Durant averaged 26.5 points per game and...

Changing of the Guard: Thunder vs. Lakers

The most intriguing matchup of the second round in the NBA playoffs is the Oklahoma City Thunder versus the Los Angeles Lakers. These two teams entered the second round in very different fashions, with Oklahoma City sweeping the defending champion Dallas Mavericks and Lakers being forced to a game 7 by the Denver Nuggets. Although many people are excited to watch this series, nearly...
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