OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 16: Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives around Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 16, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Thunder beat the Lakers 77-75. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
I feel comfortable declaring tonight's Game Three a must-win for the Lakers. You know it, I know it, the Thunder and Lakers know it. If there's gonna be a last stand, it has to start now.
The Lake Show is favored by 2 1/2 in this one, so enough bettors think the good things the Lakers accomplished in Game Two (rattling Russell Westbrook, forcing a few turnovers) will carry over. It would really be a big help if someone in purple and gold could make a three. Have I ever complained about that before? No, I don't think so.
Have Zooey or Sam ask Siri to mix you another cocktail whenever someone mentions:
- "This pivotal Game Three,"
- How no NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 series deficit,
- "back to back,"
- How Staples Center will be just a little busy this weekend, or
- James Harden's beard.
BUILD A MOAT PROTECT THE MONEY.