(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Lakers will have some work to do if they want to get back into their series with the Oklahoma City Thunder. After letting a seven-point lead slip away in the fourth quarter of game 2 on Wednesday, will being at home for Los Angeles result in a different score?
Lakers center Andrew Bynum said that his team was like Santa Claus after they gave away game two in the final minutes. He hopes game 3 doesn’t end the same way.
“I don’t think we have many pieces to pick up,” said Bynum on Thursday. “We know exactly how to defend them now, and offensively, we (have to) make them pay for being aggressive. … They protected their home court. It’s the playoffs, and obviously we let one slip, but we’ve got another one coming up.”
Thunder head coach Scott Brooks expects a different Lakers’ team at home.
“We’ve had some success (in) this playoffs so far, but it doesn’t really guarantee the next game results if you don’t get the good effort and good energy and teamwork,” said Brooks. “You have to have confidence in it, but you can’t become complacent and cocky with it. You have to understand that you have to respect your opponent, and they’re going to throw a lot of things at us, and you have to be prepared.”
Tip-off is tonight at 10:30 PM Eastern.
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