Steve Blake of the LA Lakers drives around Derek Fisher of the OKC Thunder in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs May 16, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. The Thunder beat the Lakers …
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Lakers guard Steve Blake and his wife have been attacked online since he missed a possible game-winning 3-pointer against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal.
The Twitter accounts of Blake and his wife, Kristen, were deluged with a range of criticism after the loss Wednesday night.
"I hope your family gets murdered" read one post that Kristen Blake re-tweeted with the comment, "Wow."
Kobe Bryant took to Twitter early Friday to chastise those attacking the Blakes, saying "Lakers fans who said bad things to Blake and his wife on twitter - you should be ashamed of yourself."
Bryant said that Blake was a big reason the Lakers beat the Nuggets in the first round.
Kristen Blake tweeted that she blocked 500 people from viewing her account.
"It is the unfortunate side of pro sports," said Blake, who won an NCAA title at Maryland. "Everyone is criticizing, and sometimes people cross the line. But you've got to move past it, be the positive person, and I think that's the approach me and my wife are trying to take with it."
Blake said he isn't worried about the threats affecting his three sons. The oldest, Zachary, is only 5 years old.
"They don't know what Twitter is," Blake said. "There's nothing that will stop me from protecting my kids no matter what. We'll move past it and take the positive approach no matter what."
As it stands, OKC leads the Western Conference semifinals 2-0.
Game 3 moves to LA Friday night. Tip off is at 9:30 p.m. The game can be watched on ESPN.
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