The Lakers did not win on Wednesday night. That would be the simplest way to put matters. Instead, they blew a huge lead to the OKC Thunder.
The Thunder had to get their first win of the season sometime! Unfortunately for them, the Lakers fell asleep at the wheel after just one quarter of play.
The Lakers were up 41-19 at the end of the first quarter. It does not matter that LeBron James isn’t playing. And it does not matter that Anthony Davis is coming off injury.
No, the Lakers should be able to defeat this Thunder team, especially considering the number of future Hall of Famers on the roster, and the fact that they’re supposedly Western Conference favorites despite coming nowhere near that feat last season.
Instead, this was Russell Westbrook’s statline.
And this was Melo’s wide-open attempt to tie the game.
AND lastly, this was Westbrook finding a way to get ejected with 1.9 seconds remaining.
Believe it or not, those do not count towards the funniest tweets.
NBA Twitter destroys Lakers for blowing lead to Thunder
Is there anything left to report?
Nope. The only thing left to do is laugh. Enjoy, social media surveyors.
The Lakers had a 26-point lead and a 99% chance of winning against the 0-4 Thunder at the half
OKC beat them by eight
SGA had 27 points 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/wJ5kC0sEbd
— SB Nation (@SBNation) October 28, 2021
For once, Skip might actually be right. The Lakers deserves plenty of criticism.
The Lakers are 2-2 on the season after the loss. It was always going to take some time for this team to mesh, especially with James resting a bit early in the season.
Nonetheless, it’s important for James to get this rest. Conference seeding is important, but as long as the Lakers make the playoffs come the end of the year, they’ll have reached their initial goal of at least making the field and avoiding the play-in tournament.
Anthony Davis and Westbrook combined for 50 points. On most nights, even without James, that will be enough. Unfortunately for LA, they fell asleep defensively and turned the ball over far too often. The Thunder, to their credit, were ready and willing to take advantage of that.