The Oklahoma City Thunder will arrive in Los Angeles with a seemingly unstoppable amount of momentum against the Lakers, holding a 2-0 series lead with two very different wins to boast - the first, a blowout that featured an all-phases amount of effectiveness and the second, a gritty defensive battle that All-Star Kevin Durant and company stole with clutch shots late.
OKC is now 6-0 in the 2012 NBA Playoffs, and have beaten L.A. in enough ways for Lakers star Kobe Bryant to defend his team as the "less experienced" squad:
"You've got to understand, the team that we're playing, Oklahoma, they've been playing together a long time, much longer than we have," said Kobe Bryant, one of four Lakers left from the 2010 title team. "We have guys who have a great deal more experience than they do, but in terms of playing together, they have more experience, so we have to constantly keep the lines of communication open, almost every play really."
Date / Time: Friday, May 18, 9:30 p.m. CT
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Radio: Thunder Radio Network
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