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Berry Tramel: If the Thunder advances to the Western Conference Finals, I'm picking Dallas to win

by Berry Tramel Modified: May 12, 2011 at 11:58 am •  Published: May 12, 2011

The Oklahoman sports columnist Berry Tramel answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at

On who he'd pick if the Thunder advances to play the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals:

I will pick Dallas. Homecourt advantage and the overall better team. But it should be a great series. And a little bit wild. Both teams are excellent road teams. We could see most anything.

On Thunder Grizzlies Game 6:

I think the Grizzlies will be ready for Game 6 and very likely will win. But I like the Thunder in Game 7. Hard to win Game 7's on the road.

On who's had a better series, James Harden or Nick Collison:

I'll go with Collison. Harden had a no-show game, and if you look at Collison's no-show game, Game 1, that was Brooks' fault. Only played him 15 minutes.

On the Thunder inviting former Seattle player Shawn Kemp to a playoff game:

I think it's bogus. I talked to two Thunder brass, and neither one knew anything about inviting Kemp. Chat Recap: Berry Tramel

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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