Another Lakers season has ended in second-round disappointment. They didn't get swept, and tonight's Game Five wasn't a disaster on a historic scale comparable to the Game Four hammering in Dallas a year ago, but that's probably not making any of you feel much better right now. After hanging in there for almost three quarters, the Lake Show succumbed to a 20 to 4 Thunder run spanning the end of the third and start of the fourth periods, setting up a garbage-time celebration in OKC that's still going on. Led by Russell Westbrook (28 points) and Kevin Durant (25 points), the Thunder blitzed the Laker defense for 1.14 points per possession. Kobe Bryant (42 points) had an excellent night but got no help from anyone but Metta World Peace. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum were thoroughly awful. As a team the Lakers pulled in just three offensive boards, their lowest total since I have no idea. They were equally bad on the defensive glass.
More to come later tonight. Welcome to the offseason.