Can Lakers Recover from Loss?
Some things to take from the Lakers’ 77-75 Game 2 loss Wednesday to the Oklahoma City Thunder:
1. The Lakers can’t recover from this loss. I’ll break down the particulars in the items below, but the Lakers threw their season away by missing a prime opportunity to steal Game 2. The Lakers won’t get swept. They provided a good blueprint moving forward on how to beat the Thunder. But it’s not going to matter. Oklahoma City has this series locked up now that it’s leading 2-0. The psychological disappointment in squandering a seven-point lead with two minutes remaining will be too overwhelming. It’s presumptuous to think the Thunder will shoot 42% from the field and score only 12 third-quarter points again. And Oklahoma City has even more confidence now that it can have its way with the Lakers even in an ugly game it should’ve lost.