As the final minutes wound down to an unceremonious blowout, the Lakers' frustration reached the boiling point.
You know, the point when a skirmish ensues, an ejection quickly follows, and then the offending party punches a chair and pulls off his jersey.
We've seen this episode play out before. Last postseason, Lakers center Andrew Bynum capped off a four-game sweep at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks by delivering a vicious blow to J.J. Barea while in the air and then yanking his jersey. In Game 2, Lakers forward Metta World Peace clotheslined Barea in the final moments of a double-digit loss.
The incident this time, in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against Oklahoma City, didn't involve Bynum. He remained on the bench so he could rest up for Game 2. Surprisingly, it didn't include World Peace, who mostly showed restraint in his reunion with the Thunder nearly three weeks after delivering a vicious elbow to James Harden that sparked a seven-game suspension. The offending party came in the form of an unassuming and seldom-used forward who appeared in the Lakers' 119-90 loss Monday for four minutes.