Welcome to Oklahoma City, Kobe Bryant.
Hope you guys enjoyed your stay at the Ford Center, Phil Jackson.
Enjoy the plane ride back to LA, Lakers?
So far, so good for head coach Scott Brooks and the Thunder—as the underdog and underrated Oklahoma City squad, led by former Texas Longhorn star Kevin Durant, have tied up the series with Jackson, Bryant, and the reining NBA Champs.
Down 2-0 in the series and with their backs against the wall, coach Brooks had to have flashbacks of his Rockets’ past when Houston found themselves in a similar boat against the Phoenix Suns and battled back to take the series before winning back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995.
Regardless of Brooks’ state of mind when entering game three, his team has gone above and beyond the call of duty as the Thunder rumbled to back-to-back victories on their home hardwood to knot up the series 2-2 with game five slated to tip off back in LA on Tuesday night.
How, exactly, has Brooks out-dueled his counterpart in Jackson; can Oklahoma City bring that same Thunder to the Staples Center; is there a chance of a round one upset of the LA Lakers?
All those answers and more: let’s quickly take a look at what it’s taken for OKC to tie things up with those hated LA Lakers...