The Lakers are an aging team, and aging teams don't deal very well with long playoff series. That was evident from the first few plays of a 119-90 loss to the Thunder in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series. Los Angeles looked listless and exhausted and never really seemed to be into the game. It's pretty clear that the Lakers need to change something fast if they're going to make a series out of it -- but what that change should be is anybody's guess.


Series winners?

The Thunder were already favored in this matchup, and a Game 1 blowout has done nothing to significantly change that perception.

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How many games will the Lakers win in their series against the Thunder?

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    33%
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    5%
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    12%
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    14%
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    36%

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Exhaustion a factor?

It's difficult to be taken to the brink in a first-round series without being affected by it in the remainder of the playoffs.

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How badly are the Lakers being affected by their seven-game series against the Nuggets?

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    38%
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    52%
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    10%

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Kobe's role?

Kobe Bryant had a relatively low-scoring game by his standards, which seemed to work for the Lakers early in the playoffs but definitely did not on Monday night.

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When are the Lakers a better team?

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    42%
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    58%

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Kobe or Duncan?

Bryant and Tim Duncan are likely the two most significant veterans left in the playoffs, both taking on younger teams intent on dethroning the former champions.

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Which player has more left in the tank?

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    76%
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    24%

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