Oklahoma City Thunder ( L )
Oklahoma came into the game against LA with a 1-1 record within the NBA bubble as they look to move into the top half of the Western Conference playoff bracket. Defiantly a possible Second Round opponent for the Lakers.
In their fourth matchup this season the Thunder took the win in a 105-86 blowout of the Lakers. LA didn’t lead once in the game as James led the team in scoring with 19 points and Davis struggled to get going as he finished with a triple-single of 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. A very messy performance from a team that should be looking to ramp up their effort heading into the Playoffs.
N/A: I have sifted through stat after stat looking for a positive to take from this absolutely terrible performance from LA. After spending an hour on NBA statistic websites I have decided that there is simply not a good way to spin this, and I consider myself an optimist.
Where to Start?: The Lakers shot 35.2% from the field and 13.5% from beyond the arc. This would result in their lowest points total of the season finishing with only 86 point. This performance was by far the worst of the season, the offence looked stunted and just couldn’t find a rhythm. There is something really wrong with LAs offence, there really isn’t much more to say than that.