The Lakers’ 111-87 Game 5 rout of the good guys has turned us all into diagnosticians. What can the Thunder do to beat the Lakers, both in Game 6 tonight and in the future, when possible Thunder glory no doubt still will go through Los Angeles? Bench Nenad Krstic. Sign Chris Bosh. Drink pickle juice at halftime. Draft more players from the Congo. Ideas are long in supply. But here’s what the Thunder should do differently to take down the Lakers, either tonight or in some season to come. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. The Thunder shouldn’t change a thing. Don’t tinker with the lineup tonight, which Scott Brooks says he won’t do. Don’t overhaul the roster after this magic carpet ride ends, which Sam Presti repeatedly has said he won’t do. ’Twould be to no avail. What plagues the Thunder — the skill and dominance of 7-footers Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum — is unfixable. It’s not just the Thunder that has no personnel answer to the twin towers. Every team in the league is overmatched. "There’s a reason they’re defending champions,” coach Scott Brooks said. You can’t duplicate what is unduplicateable. The NBA isn’t Kinko’s. Bill Russell is 76 years old. Wilt Chamberlain is dead. The open market is void of skilled 7-footers. The closed market, too, outside of Dwight Howard. The Thunder has only two tonics for the Lakers tonight, the same elixirs that won Games 3 and 4 in the Ford Center. Foot speed and effort. "We gotta play harder,” Brooks said. Game 5 was "the only time in the series we didn’t put in a 48-minute effort. We didn’t play hard enough to win.” The Thunder countered Gasol and Bynum in Games 3 and 4 (and Game 2, even in defeat) with fanatical effort. Pushed Gasol and Bynum as far from the basket as possible. Fronted them often, daring the Lakers to lob the ball over heads. Back-side defensive help from wing players who had to bust a gut to return to the perimeter when the Lakers instead swung the ball. Swarm like army ants when the behemoths did snare the ball within basket range. Nothing else you can do. Gasol is too good, especially paired with a powerful partner with a decent set of hands. Gasol is the NBA’s most underappreciated superstar. A big man so good he got the Grizzlies to the playoffs three years running. Maybe the NBA’s best post skills. Exquisite perimeter skills. "Point-guard passing skills,” Brooks said. No answer to that other than all-in effort and hope it’s enough. And that effort includes offense. The Thunder must run. Run, run, run. Rebounding helps, but even if the Lakers score, run the ball out of the net. You want to make the Lakers pay for deploying two Goliaths? Make them run. Skyscrapers don’t travel well. "Beat them down the floor,” Nick Collison said. Starting Serge Ibaka is no answer. Ibaka has been wonderful in this series and will be even better when he learns how to play. But start Ibaka, and he would have two fouls before Dustin Hoffman finds his seat. Yes, the Thunder’s best success has come with Ibaka and Collison together on the court. Get them in; get them in early. But don’t mess with a starting lineup that has been very, very good to the Thunder. Next year? Fine. Let’s revisit the lineup. But don’t go thinking the Thunder will or should retool just because Gasol and Bynum have occasionally turned this series into a two-man tip drill. As Brooks twice has pointed out during this series, the Thunder is a young team, and in three years, it still will be a young team. A high-priced free agent would upset Presti’s carefully manicured salary structure and perhaps his meticulously constructed clubhouse atmosphere. And be of little help against Gasol and Bynum without fanatical effort and running your butt off. Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.