May 19, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15), and Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) and Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) battle for the ball in the second half of game four of the Western Conference semi finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center. Thunder won 103-100. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
This series bears an uncomfortably close resemblance to the course taken by the 2008 NBA Finals. The Lakers dropped the first two games on the road, won a tightly contested Game Three back at Staples, then came achingly close to tying the series, only to cough up a big lead in Game Four. Back then Game Five was in Los Angeles, but I think I prefer it this way. Winning two straight in the enemy's gym is just too brutal a task. Knowing Game Six, if you win tonight, is back in your building helps put the "one game at a time" mantra into practice. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself.
It's very important to stay hydrated whenever someone mentions:
- That Serge Ibaka led the NBA in blocked shots this year,
- The inhuman strength of Metta World Peace's hands,
- The San Antonio Spurs,
- Stan Van Gundy, or
This could be the last set of game threads until next season. Make those comments count.