May 8, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers Metta World Peace warms up before game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
The Lakers are handing out pom-poms tonight, which... I don't know, doesn't that seem a little minor-league for a franchise with 16 championships? If Laker fans can't summon the fury for a playoff elimination game, props aren't gonna help. In any case, we're in for a night of pretty tense drama. Hard to believe, but the season could be over in a few hours. Or we could all be taking a two-second breath of relief before stressing about the Thunder.
Game Seven anxiety will compel you to drink whenever someone mentions:
- Magic Johnson's prediction that Mike Brown will be fired if the Lakers lose,
- The noise level at Staples,
- How the Lakers (in 2006) were the last NBA team to blow a 3-1 series lead,
- How long the Oklahoma City Thunder will have been resting by the time the second-round series starts, or
- "Win or go home."
This is Game Seven, people. Comment or go home!