Western Conference Quarter-Finals Game 3 Preview: Oklahoma City vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Everybody is invited to the Serge Ibaka block party!!!! (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

This also counts as an open thread, so feel free to post your thoughts during the game here.

Records: The Oklahoma City Thunder (50-32) vs. The Los Angeles Lakers (57-25)

Time: 8:30 PM Central Daylight Time

Place: The Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

TV: Turner Network Television (TNT), KCAL-TV 9

Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1)

Enemy Blog(s): Silver Screen and Roll, With Malice, Forum Blue and Gold

Previous Meeting(s): Game 1, Game 2

For a full series preview, click here.

No team has ever come back from down 0-3.

Thus, it does without saying that this game is extremely important for the Thunder if they want to win this series. I usually don't like to say anything is a must-win, but in this situation, I have no choice. This game is a must-win.

In the last matchup, the Thunder found their defensive stride, but, again, they dug themselves into a first quarter hole. Fortunately, they dug themselves out of that hole with a late 2nd quarter run. The remainder of the game was a close contest, with the Thunder only falling behind in the last 2 minutes.

And, that's it. Our goals and objectives are the same as Game 1 and Game 2. The Ford Center will be insane, and it's recommended that you get there at 8 rather than 8:30, as there will be "fesitivities" going on.

Go Thunder!

Prediction: Oklahoma City 107, Los Angeles 103

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