The Lakers moved on to face the Thunder after beating the Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs, but don’t expect too many hugs and kisses to be exchanged between the squads. Monday’s Thunder-Lakers game will mark the first time Metta World Peace faces James Harden since giving him a concussion with an elbow to the head last month. World Peace was asked after Saturday’s Game 7 win if he plans to shake Harden’s hand, and he didn’t exactly offer an olive branch.
Metta on whether he’ll shake James Harden’s hand: “I don’t shake subs hands.” Fair enough.
— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) May 13, 2012
Oh yeah, it is on. Even though it’s just a second round series, this will feel like an NBA Finals matchup. I have the Thunder winning it, hopefully in less than seven for their sake.