Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here.
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On whether the Thunder can beat San Antonio or Los Angeles in a playoff series:
Of course. It's not out of the question. The Thunder has gotten better, more confident and more mature. This is a dangerous team.
On whether Oklahoma City will catch Dallas for the No. 3 seed in the playoffs:
Dallas is at Houston tonight and then closes the season at home against the Hornets. Neither of those games are guarantees for the Mavs. All the Thunder needs is to win out while Dallas loses one. But it looks like Dallas is dialed in. I think it can happen. But I've thought for a while that the Thunder will get the Nuggets as a 4-5 matchup.
On the Thunder's bench in the playoffs:
Historically, role players don't play well on the road. So while the Thunder will host an opening round game, it's a stretch to think that, if OKC makes it to the second round, the role players will excel on someone else's home court.
Chat Recap: Darnell Mayberry