May 14, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; OKlahoma City Thunder guard James Hardedn (left) handles the ball against Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (15) during the first half in game one of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Thunder Vs. Lakers, Game 1: OKC Dominates In 119-90 Series-Opening Win

The Thunder blew past the Lakers with ease in Game 1.

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Kobe Bryant Says Staying Patient Is Key After Blowout Loss To Thunder

When a team loses by nearly 30 points in the second round of the NBA playoffs, there's typically something wrong on the losing end that goes far beyond the box score or a bad night. Kobe Bryant begs to differ.

Instead of hanging his head or complaining about the 119-90 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder last night by the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant, who scored 20 points, knew he just needed to be calm and collected and come back ready to play on Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

"We're going to have to make our adjustments," Bryant said. "We'll talk about it today and tomorrow. I've been on the receiving end [of playoff blowouts]. I've also been on the end we're dishing it out. My experience is telling me to stay patient and think the game through. We can come up with a different strategy."

Bryant would certainly have reason to complain. For a head coach supposedly on the hot seat during round one, Mike Brown isn't doing anything to temper those calls for his head. The adjustments weren't there from the outset against the Thunder and OKC looked thoroughly more prepared despite the lack of experience.

Bryant and company have Tuesday off to practice and rest before tomorrow night's game two.

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VIDEO: Oklahoma City Thunder Fans Boo Metta World Peace

It's the most predictable response that everyone knew was coming, but yet we were all still waiting to see it. How would the home crowd at Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena respond to the arrival of the Los Angeles Lakers and specifically Metta World Peace? You have your answer below in the form of a chorus of boos.

Scotty Brooks, the head coach of the Thunder, has specifically stated that his players will not retaliate, so apparently the crowd has to carry the burden for the team to make him feel bad in some way. Maybe it's a harsher punishment to make him really feel it on the inside. Like when your parents refuse to punish you but simply say, "We are just really, really disappointed in you."

Check out the OKC crowd response below:


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Thunder Vs. Lakers Predictions: 13 Of 14 ESPN Experts Pick Oklahoma City Over Los Angeles

Perhaps it’s the rest. Maybe it’s how they dominated the defending NBA champs. Maybe it’s the trio of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. No matter what reasons they cite, one thing is clear: the experts, by and large, believe that the Oklahoma City Thunder will defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

ESPN’s recent panel of experts came out with 13 of 14 of them predicting the Thunder over the Lakers. That’s pretty much the same across the board with most NBA analysts calling now as the time for the baton to pass between the two teams. The last time the two met in 2010, the case was different. But Durant has established his greatness at the pro level and others around him have matured.

Still the drama will be there between Harden and Metta World Peace. It’s hard to count Kobe Bryant out of anything at this point, and Andrew Bynum has been an incredible force at times. It will be a fun series to watch, but if the Thunder aren’t standing at the end, it will be a big surprise.

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