Berry Tramel: James Harden is Thunder's Game 3 wildcard

by Berry Tramel Published: May 5, 2011

I
didn't like them for a variety of reasons. 1. Their organization stunk. I still think it's shaky. They've given way too much guaranteed money to risky players. 2. Their depth was shaky. But Tony Allen and now Shane Battier have changed that. 3. Their defense was nothing great. But that has changed. They really defend now. Since the Battier trade, I had to admit Memphis has turned a corner.

On the Lakers being down 2-0 to Dallas:

Dallas is the best road team in the NBA and maybe the worst home team, among the elite. Dallas-LA seems to me a series that is sort of irrelevant in terms of home court advantage. Which means the Lakers are in serious trouble, not because they lost at home, but because they lost anywhere. In a tossup series, if you go down 2-0, I don't care if it's all on neutral courts, you're in trouble.

On the Thunder guarding Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki:

Well, the Thunder will rotate guys all night on Dirk. Ibaka would start. Collison would relieve. Thabo will take a turn or two, for a change of pace. And then in the fourth quarter, in a tight game, the Thunder would switch over, wait for it, wait for it, Kevin Durant. We saw Durant do a whale of a job on Kobe in a couple of fourth quarters last April. I think it could be interesting.

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by Berry Tramel
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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...
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