Game 1 Shows How Dominant Thunder May Be Against Lakers

Tommy KeelerCorrespondent IIIMay 15, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 14: Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers watches near the end of the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 14, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Oklahoma City defeated Los Angeles 119-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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I know it's only one game, but I just can't see the L.A. Lakers having much of a chance in this series with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Everyone brings up the excuse that the Lakers were tired; well the Lakers did that to themselves. The Lakers seem to have trouble keeping their focus throughout a seven-game series. The problem with that is—championship teams don't lose focus.

To me, the biggest problem for the Lakers is they have no way of stopping Russell Westbrook. Kevin Durant is great and will get his points. However, Westbrook is the one that makes this team go.

Westbrook had 27 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in only 27 minutes. The Lakers simply have no one quick enough to stop Westbrook, and I think he will continue to do whatever he wants against them.

The Lakers had a solid game from Andrew Bynum with 20 points and 14 rebounds and still lost by 29.

As this series goes on, I think the Lakers will continue to look tired. The Thunder were able to give their bench plenty of minutes in Game 1 and their starters should continue to be fresh. Of course, it helps when you have players such as Derek Fisher coming off the bench. I think Fisher will be a factor in taking down his old team.

I think the Lakers will win a game, but that's it. The Thunder will roll into the Western Conference Finals.