Lakers prepare for back-to-back blitz vs. Thunder

By Greg Beacham

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, May 17 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24), guard Steve Blake (5), forward Pau Gasol (16) and center Andrew Bynum (17) walk off the floor for a timeout in the final seconds of the fourth quarter in Game 2 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal, in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Oklahoma City won 77-75.

Sue Ogrocki, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — If the Los Angeles Lakers can just shake the memory of the disastrous final two minutes of Game 2, they'll find plenty of reasons in the first 46 minutes to be encouraged about their chances this weekend against Oklahoma City.

After blowing a seven-point lead and the chance to steal homecourt advantage from the powerful Thunder on Wednesday night, the third-seeded Lakers' fate will be decided rapidly at Staples Center, with back-to-back games Friday and Saturday.

The Lakers have now lost four of their last five playoff games since taking a 3-1 lead in the first round against Denver, but they imposed their favored style on Game 2 until their late collapse.

Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks emerged from the thriller excited about his young team's resilience.

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