Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby Finwë on Sat May 12, 2012 11:57 pm

http://blog.lakers.com/lakers/2012/05/12/round-2-schedule-2/

Game 1 – Mon May 14 Lakers at Oklahoma City 6:30PM TNT
Game 2 – Wed May 16 Lakers at Oklahoma City 6:30PM TNT
Game 3 – Fri May 18 Oklahoma City at Lakers 7:30PM ESPN
Game 4 – Sat May 19 Oklahoma City at Lakers 7:30PM TNT

Game 5 * Mon May 21 Lakers at Oklahoma City TBD TNT
Game 6 * Wed May 23 Oklahoma City at Lakers TBD ESPN
Game 7 * Sun May 27 Lakers at Oklahoma City TBD TNT

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Lakers playing game 3 and 4 at Staples on Friday and Saturday? Really @NBA? REALLY?!?!


It seems as if the teams that went to 7 will have back-to-backs in the 2nd round.
Neither the BOS vs PHI series or the MIA vs IND series will have back-to-backs.

I am fearful that it will negatively impact us. We get two games at home, where we have an advantage. But if you make them back-to-back games, considering that OKC is by far the younger and more athletic team, and a back-to-back would impact them less, you are sort of taking that advantage away from us in the second game.
Hopefully that isn't how it turns out.
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby Jazzygirl205 on Sat May 12, 2012 11:58 pm

It's gonna drain all of the energy out of us.
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby JoelMyersScrotalSack on Sat May 12, 2012 11:59 pm

That's really disastrous for us and why I don't have high hopes for this series.
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby bruddahmanmatt on Sat May 12, 2012 11:59 pm

Every second round series will have a B2B, the good thing is that ours takes place at home.
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby John3:16 on Sun May 13, 2012 12:03 am

Been watching NBA basketball for 30+ years and I don't ever remember a back-to-back playoff game. Just weird. Wonder what the reasoning is? You would think they'd want LA / OKC on Sunday for big ratings.
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby KBJelleyBean24 on Sun May 13, 2012 12:04 am

Lakers.com posted the round 2 schedule already. And yes there is a b2b


http://blog.lakers.com/lakers/2012/05/12/round-2-schedule-2/
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby John3:16 on Sun May 13, 2012 12:05 am

ALso, I just checked ESPN. The series page does show games 3 and 4 on Friday and Saturday.
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Re: Projecting

Postby JUST-MING on Sun May 13, 2012 12:06 am

Jazzygirl205 wrote:It's gonna drain all of the energy out of us.

The worst thing is. They can force Westbrook into a bad shooting night, and the kid will live at the free throw line. Ditto for Durant. It's going to be a long series, as in... games going 4-hours because of all of those free throws. Last time they met in 2010, they had a +20 FT advantage in each of their wins.
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby lakersyunowin on Sun May 13, 2012 12:08 am

ugh a b2b. but like ppl have said, at least it's at staples
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby wcsoldier81 on Sun May 13, 2012 12:08 am

It's on us ... all East teams won in less than 7 games and prevented a back 2 back...
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby Finwë on Sun May 13, 2012 12:09 am

bruddahmanmatt wrote:Every second round series will have a B2B, the good thing is that ours takes place at home.

Actually, Boston vs Philly doesn't have a B2B (Sat - Mon - Wed - Fri - Mon - Wed - Sat), neither does Miami vs Indiana (Sun - Tue - Thu - Sun - Tue - Thu - Sat).
SAS vs Clippers/Memphis schedule hasn't been released yet, and I've seen no comments of it on Twitter.

I agree that it helps that it's at home, but it also has a negative effect, it kinda takes away some part of the advantage that a home game represents.
OKC is younger and more athletic, and they've gotten a lot more rest than us.
A back-to-back will hurt us much more than it will hurt them, and maybe that advantage will even out with our homecourt advantage. Maybe it's key and they steal that game, which is something that we'll most likely not be able to afford.
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby LakeShow85 on Sun May 13, 2012 12:10 am

John3:16 wrote:Been watching NBA basketball for 30+ years and I don't ever remember a back-to-back playoff game. Just weird. Wonder what the reasoning is? You would think they'd want LA / OKC on Sunday for big ratings.


Because of the shortened season and late playoff start. David Stern said that he'd possibly have to have b2b based on how long the 1st round goes and because the two LA teams had to make things interesting :man3: , we now have what we have. But this is why we have to steal a road game.
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby wcsoldier81 on Sun May 13, 2012 12:10 am

SAS series will have a back 2 back for the same reason : Memphis failed to win it in less than 7 games
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby kray28 on Sun May 13, 2012 12:11 am

bruddahmanmatt wrote:Every second round series will have a B2B, the good thing is that ours takes place at home.


Not the Boston/Philadelphia series.
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Re: Home Court

Postby JUST-MING on Sun May 13, 2012 12:11 am

LakeShow85 wrote:But this is why we have to steal a road game.

They only have 3 home games, they have to win at least one road game to win the series.
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby KareemTheGreat33 on Sun May 13, 2012 12:12 am

We need some lucky bounces and breaks... The refs won't be on our side more than usual. OKC flops and we might finish games with no rotation players left.
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby John3:16 on Sun May 13, 2012 12:14 am

LakeShow85 wrote:
John3:16 wrote:Been watching NBA basketball for 30+ years and I don't ever remember a back-to-back playoff game. Just weird. Wonder what the reasoning is? You would think they'd want LA / OKC on Sunday for big ratings.


Because of the shortened season a late playoff start. David Stern said that he'd possibly have to have b2b based on how long the 1st round goes and because the two LA had to make things interesting, we now have what we have. But this is why we have to steal a road game.


Thanks for the clarification. Guess it makes sense.

Based on B2B gamaes, our core players age and their core players age, we're probably gonna have to win 2 games in OKC to win the series.
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby khmrP on Sun May 13, 2012 12:15 am

dam that sucks, but got tkts to gm 3 couldn't be on a better nite :jam2:
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby KB24 on Sun May 13, 2012 12:21 am

wcsoldier81 wrote:It's on us ... all East teams won in less than 7 games and prevented a back 2 back...
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby bruddahmanmatt on Sun May 13, 2012 12:23 am

Damn, the NBA stated at the beginning of the season that every second round series would have a B2B. This is total BS if our series ends up being the only one set up as such.
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby Weezy on Sun May 13, 2012 12:25 am

As I said in the Lakers/Thunder series thread, they said this was going to happen back when the season started, because of the condensed and rushed season. Had we taken care of the Nuggets in 4, 5, or even 6, this wouldn't have happened, but we went 7, so this is what we get, should have taken care of business.
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby BadCoaching on Sun May 13, 2012 12:26 am

I don't know.. I think it's in our favor having the back to backs in L.A.

I also think it might be in our favor that OKC hasn't played for a week and a half. They're probably going to be rusty, at least to start. If we get at them early and beat them back we can sneak out of there with a win and come home for back to backs in L.A.

I have hope.. Pau re-inspired me.. it's obvious he can still be the best big in the game if he tries.. which also pisses me off since he can disappear as quickly as he showed up tonight.
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby lakersyunowin on Sun May 13, 2012 12:29 am

BadCoaching wrote:I don't know.. I think it's in our favor having the back to backs in L.A.

I also think it might be in our favor that OKC hasn't played for a week and a half. They're probably going to be rusty, at least to start. If we get at them early and beat them back we can sneak out of there with a win and come home for back to backs in L.A.

I have hope.. Pau re-inspired me.. it's obvious he can still be the best big in the game if he tries.. which also pisses me off since he can disappear as quickly as he showed up tonight.


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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby Phil XI on Sun May 13, 2012 12:39 am

John3:16 wrote:Been watching NBA basketball for 30+ years and I don't ever remember a back-to-back playoff game. Just weird. Wonder what the reasoning is? You would think they'd want LA / OKC on Sunday for big ratings.

Same here.

The only postseason b2b I can EVER remember was the LA riots one where the Clippers and Jazz had to play b2b after the delaying and moving of the Clips home game.

That was understandable. This is just another insult to the Lakers by Saperstern.
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Re: Lakers-OKC to have back-to-back games (3&4)

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Sun May 13, 2012 12:56 am

It definitely hurts the Lakers, since we have to win games 3 and 4 to hold serve. Probability favors a split, since both teams are evenly matched, and whoever wins game 3 will probably not sustain the energy for game 4. I hope it doesn't happen, but it could very well happen that we go into game 5 down 1-3.
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