May 14, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) takes a shot against Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (15) during the second half in game one of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Game 2 Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at 9:30 p.m. EST for Game 2 of their series.

The Thunder won Game 1 by an impressive 29 points and played near perfect basketball.

Kevin Durant scored 25 points and Russell Westbrook scored 27 points to lead the Thunder. Both were on their game and focused early on shooting very well from the field.

The Lakers tried to establish their inside game early and did a decent job of doing so but were unable to sustain it and once the game was out of hand it no longer mattered. Assuming the Thunder don’t shoot quite as well as in Game 1, Andrew Bynum’s 20-point, 14-rebound performance could be an issue for the Thunder to deal with.

Kendrick Perkins is a game-time decision tonight after re-aggravating his right strained hip in the third quarter of Game 1. His defense on Bynum and Pau Gasol will be much needed for the Thunder to win again.

The Thunder don’t need to double-team anyone on the Lakers including Kobe Bryant. Bryant shot 30 percent against Oklahoma City in the regular season and scored just 20 points in Game 1.

Thabo Sefolosha can get up into Bryant enough to make it difficult and without the same first step from earlier in his career, Bryant has to settle for more jump shots and is less effective.

The Thunder play great at home and while it will be tough for them to exactly replicate Game 1 they should still win again. A loss is a loss but a 29-point blowout says something more like the Thunder are the superior team in this series by far.

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Tags: Andrew Bynum Game 2 Kendrick Perkins Kevin Durant Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Oklahoma City Thunder Pau Gasol Russell Westbrook Thabo Sefolosha Western Conference Semifinals

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