When it comes to sequels, rarely do they come out as compelling as the original.
Oh, there are some exceptions. Godfather II, Terminator II, Empire Strikes Back and Dark Knight come to mind. But they are not the rule. The same case applies to the chippiness between Lakers forward Metta World Peace and Thunder guard James Harden.
Of course it's a good thing nothing has topped World Peace's vicious elbow on April 22 that gave Harden a concussion and led to a seven-game suspension for World Peace. But through two games in the Western Conference semifinals, it's obvious it's carried over albeit to a smaller degree.
There's the universal booing fans at Chesapeake Energy Arena give World Peace whenever he touches the ball. But there's the play, too. In the Lakers' 119-90 Game 1 loss Monday to Oklahoma City, World Peace sent Harden to the ground after trying to prevent him from boxing out. Once World Peace was called for a foul, Harden looked at the official, nodded his head toward World Peace and rolled his eyes.