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Records: The Oklahoma City Thunder (50-32) vs. The Los Angeles Lakers (57-25)
Time: 8:30 PM Central Daylight Time
Place: The Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
TV: Entertainment Sports Programming Network (ESPN), KCAL-TV 9, Fox Sports Oklahoma
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, Game 3
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After the most significant pro sports moment in Oklahoma City history, the Thunder are back in the series, down two games to one. It's a pretty significant accomplishment, being a lowly 8 seed, but the Lakers have allowed Game 3 to slip through their grasp several times before.
The Thunder will have to continue to focus on interior defense if they want to win the series. That is, they'll have to make sure that Krstic isn't left hanging in the post. James Harden and Jeff Green will also have to both score over 10 to give the Thunder a shot at winning this thing. You'd also hope that Eric Maynor could step up a little, as he's been a total non-factor in this series and not a good relief player for Russell Westbrook.
The three point attempts have always been an indicator of how well our team has been doing in this series, and tonight will be no different. If the Thunder can limit their bad 3 Point shooting and make the Lakers continue to shoot 3 Pointers, eventually the game will swing our way.
Lastly, I'd just like to say that nobody wants to see the Thunder go down 10-0 again. Please don't commit those horrible turnovers and play nothing defense for the first 3 minutes. It's kinda depressing.
But, in the end, the analyst in me thinks the Lakers will win this game. History is on their side.
Nevertheless, Go Thunder!!!!
Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers 97, Oklahoma City Thunder 95