(OKLAHOMA CITY) — The Los Angeles Lakers will look to rebound in game 2 after a brutal 119-90 game 1 loss on Monday night.
Kobe Bryant has seen this all before during his time in Los Angeles and doesn’t believe it will affect his team in game 2.
“We’re a team that doesn’t get down when we get blown out. We’ve been blown out a bunch of times this season, blown out last series a couple times,” Bryant said.
The Lakers are 2-17 when down 2-0 in a series and will look to avoid that from happening tonight.
“The one thing we have to do, we have to make sure that we give multiple efforts when we’re defending the pick-and-roll,” Lakers head coach Mike Brown said. “They do a great job of sprinting out to the ball screen and creating separation. … When they’re sprinting out, we’ve really got to get on our high horse, we’ve got to run with them and we’ve got to make sure that we affect the ball at the point of the screen as opposed for waiting for the ball to come to us.”
Thunder head coach Scott Brooks isn’t taking game 2 lightly after his team barely broke a sweat in game 1.
“The Lakers are as competitive as any team in the league and Kobe (Bryant) is that guy that you always look at, that you say, `This guy competes every possession,” Brooks said. “Every play, he wants to take your heart out.”
Tip-off is 9:30 PM Eastern.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire