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