Kobe Fails to Close in the Clutch

Kobe Fails to Close in the Clutch

Leading the Oklahoma City Thunder by seven points with two minutes remaining in Game 2 of their second-round series Wednesday, the Lakers put the ball in the hands of the great and trusted Kobe Bryant.

He muffed it. He dropped it. He bricked it. And in the final seconds, when the Lakers needed him most, he never even touched it, watching Steve Blake clank a three-point attempt that put the finishing fumble on a monumental collapse to give the Thunder a 77-75 victory.

When it was finally finished, Bryant walked alone across the Chesapeake Energey Arena floor, shaking his head, uttering a mournful profanity that spoke for a team and fan base that has been officially Sooner boomered.

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