One of the things that has been a pain lately, and all things considered barely rating beyond a nag, is that being here in the Eastern time zone, Laker games typically air at around 10:30 at night.
So last night after a long week and going out for a quick drink with Cindy so we could hang out together in the neighborhood a final time, we got back and settled in on the coach to watch Game 4, Lakers vs. OKC, which might as well be Game 7, because if we can't put it together to win on our home court after winning the night before, it is highly unlikely that we will win three in a row; two on the road and one back at home.
It's possible but highly unlikely.
I fell asleep during the half-time break. We were in the lead and looking good. I woke up to the post-game wrap-up.
Half-asleep I realized they managed to blow it again.(Notice how we were in the lead, but they managed to blow it)
It wasn't until this morning that I checked out the highlights on-line that I saw how lame and how typical it was for the Lakers to give another game away.
And the finger pointing was happening pretty quickly.
If they don't win the next three, which I don't think they will, not that they can't or shouldn't, they just probably won't.
They lost game one which can be written off to being tired and the Thunder having a nice break. Then they gifted the next one by two points in the last 30 seconds. But they dictated the tempo and style of the game.
They won the next game at home, just barely, but they did avoid being swept.
And then there was last night. The Lakers led by nine at the start of the fourth quarter and by 11 with 7:45 remaining, but couldn't hold on down the stretch for the second time in the series.
So when/if they don't win the team will be exploded.
I can't imagine the coach, Mike Brown will be around. I heard a rumor that Phil Jackson is missing coaching. Pau will probably be sent off. Kobe is "a Laker for life" Bynum still has the stuff to build a team around, just not the maturity which LA, a city not known for its patience, has already grown tired of.
Monday will probably determine whether our road trip is spent looking for places to camp or places that have access to the game.
After many years as a Laker fan, I'm prepared for either one, the Hollywood version or the LA version.