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Are You Surprised the L.A. Lakers Are Already Out of the Playoffs?

Sports 2012/05/22 15:00:00
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Here's a sight you don't see very often. The Los Angeles Lakers are officially eliminated from the Western Conference Playoffs in the second round. The Oklahoma City Thunder's young legs out-hustled the Lakers in four out of five games to put the series away in Game 5 via a final score of 106-90. This wraps up head coach Mike Brown's first season with the Lakers. It's one that's been met with a lot of disappointment.

Considering all the talent on the team with Kobe Bryant (who had 42 points in Game 5), Andrew Bynum, Metta World Peace, and Pau Gasol, this season is definitely a forgettable one by the Lakers' high championship standards. But it just never clicked this season. The Denver Nuggets nearly eliminated the Lakers in seven games and the Thunder may have slipped one game, but never took their eyes off the prize.

It also helps if you're the Thunder with two great, clutch All-Star players that aren't even 25 yet in Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Westbrook scored 28 points, while Durant added 25 of his own and 10 rebounds. We imagine this is probably sweet revenge for Sixth Man of The Year James Harden, who got viciously elbowed by World Peace (aka Ron Artest) about a month ago. The Lakers have a lot of questions to answer heading to this offseason. Kobe Bryant is almost guaranteed to stay put. But as for everyone else around him? Wait and see.

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  • wolf sloan 2012/05/29 01:41:07
    Yes
    wolf sloan
    a bit but OKC is a good team
  • Marcus Clark 2012/05/28 06:12:29
    No
    Marcus Clark
    Not surprised and quite happy about it.
  • Mrs. V 2012/05/28 02:45:39
    No
    Mrs. V
    Go Thunder.
  • Ron in Oregon 2012/05/27 17:07:54
    No
    Ron in Oregon
    +1
    I am actually surprised that people in this Obama economy can still afford to go to an NBA game.
  • dekecds 2012/05/27 15:58:16
    No
    dekecds
    Where ever Kobe is, there can only be one other complimentary star. Can't have artest as his back up, because they are too much alike and artest is only as good as his uncalled fouls. If I were the lakers and I wanted to keep Kobe, I'd trade off some of the rest of the talent and buy another superstar that doesn't mind sharing Kobe's glory, perhaps in his shadow like Shaq did.
  • Dave 007 2012/05/26 13:37:15
    No
    Dave 007
    +1
    And I am happy they are gone. Next the Heat must go down.
  • AngelaDuke 2012/05/24 20:02:04
    No
    AngelaDuke
    The only reason they weren't out before is because Kobe was playing. Take Kobe out and they wouldn't have made it even this far
  • Tre 2012/05/24 19:30:15 (edited)
    No
    Tre
    Nah, because Mitch Kupchik is the worst general manager ever. Whenever they wake up and decide to get rid of Gasol and Bynum's sorry asses, the Lakers will be good again providing they get the right pieces for Kobe. The problem is that Kobe probably only has about 3 solid good yrs left so if they get it wrong again this off season, it could b a disaster for my Lakers!
  • Aksana 2012/05/24 15:26:59
    Yes
    Aksana
    sad sad gif
  • joeman 2012/05/24 06:36:41
    No
    joeman
    They are 1 dimensional. Kobe an that's it. Does'nt matter who else they bring in, Kobe's the go to guy and he's at the end of his career. Kobe is great but cant carry them by himself anymore. And thats the kind of player he is, he has to have the ball all the time or he's not happy. Like Iverson was only Kobe was better, but they both have to control the game no matter what. Even if they'd be a better team if they moved the ball around more. They/He had a good run but sorry Laker fans its over.
  • ZB 2012/05/24 02:46:22
    No
    ZB
    Faced the Thunder...and lost. Good enough for me. Go OKC! okc thunder
  • prayer warrior 2012/05/24 01:36:07
    No
    prayer warrior
    +1
    After seeing what happened to Dallas I said they have a good chance to make the finals.

    thunder
  • Dann 2012/05/24 01:22:47
    No
    Dann
    Was gonna happen
  • joe mauro 2012/05/24 00:08:20
    No
    joe mauro
    and happy the rapists and his thugs are gone
  • jacob crim 2012/05/23 23:37:07
    No
    jacob crim
    +1
    The young big three on OKC were to much for the aging Lakers. Now OKC must feel the wrath of The Spurs!
  • patchulie 2012/05/23 22:58:53
    No
    patchulie
    This was a strange year, with the strike, new coach, and all these new trades, I can hardly keep up...I am a die hard Laker fan and this hurts me, to my core, but they are unable to become a cohesive unit, when you bring new people...youth is always good, but when you trade someone like Derek Fisher(which I am not happy about), they KNOW how to PLAY in playoffs...the Lakers will get their groove back, and with the right chemistry, we WILL see another ring soon(I love you KOBE)
  • Fuzzy 2012/05/23 20:21:53
    No
    Fuzzy
    +1
    I am only surprised it happened in 5 games
  • STEVE 2012/05/23 20:18:02
  • fooley177 2012/05/23 20:17:01
    No
    fooley177
    +1
    First of all, Mike Brown SUCKS. Secondly, the Lakers have only three good players, Bryant, Gasol, and Bynum. The rest of the team is a bunch of also rans, and who do they have at point guard? Do they even HAVE a point guard. Meta World Peace can't shoot, and you don't go to far with only one legitimate perimeter scoring threat. San Antonio is a better and deeper team than the Lakers. And did I mention that Bryant is no spring chicken?
  • tpops 2012/05/23 20:11:36
    No
    tpops
    Not surprised and I am celebrating.
  • deadshot 2012/05/23 20:01:27
    No
    deadshot
    Karma will always screw you in the end, Metta.
  • Kari 2012/05/23 19:50:18
    No
    Kari
    Bad for the team :/
  • topgundy7 2012/05/23 18:52:22
    No
    topgundy7
    Big whoop!!
  • HarleyCharley 2012/05/23 18:38:24
    No
    HarleyCharley
    Kobe is a jerk....
  • cottineyedjoe 2012/05/23 18:23:59
    No
    cottineyedjoe
    Not surprised, and very glad that we don't have to see Meta worldpeace anymore. They should rename him meta worldcheapshot. Thunder is goin all the way
  • Ron 2012/05/23 18:11:46
    No
    Ron
    +1
    Does anyone really care?
  • morgannelson 2012/05/23 18:09:40
    No
    morgannelson
    I am actually surprised they made the playoffs. Kobe is getting too old - his wife even traded him.
  • Fuzzy morgann... 2012/05/23 20:24:45
    Fuzzy
    +1
    Kobe is still one of best players in the game at any age
  • Wolverineland 2012/05/23 17:53:55
    No
    Wolverineland
    +3
    The Red Wings bit the dust early in the playoffs, so anything could happen. red wings lose
  • Libertarian NOT Conservative 2012/05/23 17:38:37
    No
    Libertarian NOT Conservative
    The Lakers have become The Kobe Show and one player isn't enough to win championships. I'm more surprised that they did as well as they did.
  • skroehr 2012/05/23 16:37:51
    No
    skroehr
    I shouldn't have answered. I haven't followed hockey in years.
  • Ron in ... skroehr 2012/05/27 17:01:59
    Ron in Oregon
    You are funny since this post has absolutely nothing to do with Hockey.
  • David (oYo) 2012/05/23 16:30:20
  • Gregaj7 2012/05/23 16:27:42
    Yes
    Gregaj7
    A bit.
  • BIG BAD JOHN R. 2012/05/23 16:15:19
    Yes
    BIG BAD JOHN R.
    That is a shock shocker
  • TimothyBrianFoley 2012/05/23 16:08:24
    No
    TimothyBrianFoley
    i knew this day would come that the lakers would fall apart besides OKC soon to win NBA title the lakers need new game plan this one didn't work but the KINGS made the STANLEY CUP FINALS LA has a chance for a title somewhere
  • Anya Ovseenko 2012/05/23 15:51:21
    Yes
    Anya Ovseenko
    Im kind of shocked...but in really really happy great way =)
  • Mikki_14 2012/05/23 14:58:38
    Yes
    Mikki_14
    +1
    Now I hope & pray that the Heat don't win.
  • flyingseaturtle BN 2012/05/23 14:37:16
    No
    flyingseaturtle BN
    They don't have the same people as before ;-)
  • meadows.troy 2012/05/23 14:35:41

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