Heading into Friday night’s potential series’ closing Game 6 at Oklahoma City’s Ford Center, Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons was feeling good about the team’s mindset.
“I think our guys finally got it,” said Cleamons. “I think they saw through the film study what they need to do when we talk about them executing. I think they were also so focused and came with a sense of urgency on Tuesday night that helped.”
Yet Cleamons is well aware of how difficult it will be to beat a back-to-the-wall Thunder team even though the Lakers did conquer hostile close-out crowds in Utah, Denver and Orlando last season.
“I think the (Thunder) players understand the importance of the game, so they’re going to be hyped up and we’re going to have to meet their energy, said Cleamons.
Cleamons, who again joined us on LakersTV (above) provided a few more details off camera:
“They know that we know where the passing opportunities are, so their defense will be on heightened alert and we may not have the same opportunities.
“But if we continue to move the ball and hit the open man, passing the ball moves more quickly than the defense can adjust.”
We’ll see how it all works out in a few hours.