March 29, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) and Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) go for a rebound in the first half at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
It is dubious as to whether bulletin board material actually motivates opposing teams. However, if it does have any impact, well, this is something.
"I Don't Shake Substitutes' Hands"
Game 1 gets underway tomorrow night, and it is going to be very interesting to see how both teams come out to play. The Thunder have been off for almost two weeks, while the Lakers just wrapped up a grueling seven game series against the Nuggets. Will OKC be rusty? Will LA be tired? Is OKC ready to take the mantle from the Lakers?
We're less than 48 hours away.