Kobe Bryant: The Assassin’s Revenge

April 25th, 2010 by Ahaviah Bessemer Leave a reply »
Young, inexperienced, up-and-coming: we heard all that and more about the Oklahoma City Thunder coming into this year's playoffs. Is it time for a reassessment?

After throwing away Game Three and being positively stunned in Game Four, the Lakers, yet again, find themselves faced with another dilemma.

But first let's review the last two debacles: the Lakers started game three on a great note, opening up a 10-0 lead right out of the gate. One part of Coach Phil Jackson's strategy was to take the crowd out of the game from the very get-go. Mission accomplished.

But that wasn't the end of it. The upstart Thunder clawed and scratched their way back to take the lead early in the fourth quarter, and managed to hold it while the Lakers went scoreless for a three-and-a-half minute stretch. End result: In their present reincarnation, the Thunder won their first-ever playoff game.

After being criticized heavily after the game for taking too many shots, Kobe Bryant appeared to take the media's message to heart. For game four it was going to be "Good-bye, Assassin" and "Hello, Facilitator". Note to critics: Be careful what you wish for....

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