Translation: After an 82-game season you are what you are.
The Lakers are what they are, and they ARE in trouble because of it.
1. The Lakers have no plan to use their height to their advantage. If they had one tonight, they abandoned it very early and went to the outside shot — with predictable results. This is on Phil.
2. Bynum is getting abused by a guy (or guys) two to three inches shorter and 50 lbs. lighter. He's as tentative as usual, the same as when he's at 100% health. Let's face it, Andrew "plays small" and may never change.
3. OKC now knows that they can put Durant on Kobe and force him to throw up bad shots, make turnovers, or give up the ball, and there is nobody on the Lakers who can make them pay enough to abandon the strategy.
4. Odom is afraid to go into the paint. They call Gasol soft and Lamar is the one who won't mix it up. In this series he's not the "X-Factor," he's the "minus sign."
5. Durant knows how to beat Artest badly and has done it twice now.
If the Lakers would just relentlessly pound the ball inside, they would get the OKC bigs in foul trouble, plus open it up for Kobe. Why on Earth hoist up threes and long twos, only to see long rebounds which jumpstart the OKC fast break?
Give Artest a rest and let Odom start game four. Tell Lamar that he sits the first time he shoots from beyond 10 feet. Odom, Gasol, and Bynum on the floor together, and the ball just keeps going inside.
Tell you what, we had this one and let OKC off the hook. if we come home 2-2 against these guys, and I expect that we will, I'm not sure we can beat them two of three. They are making us look sick on the boards and old in every other respect.
Just my .02.