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 NewsOK.com/sports On whether the Thunder has a better chance to beat Denver or Portland in the first round of the playoffs: Like I said, Portland. I think Denver is a load. Tougher inside, first, with Nene and Kenyon Martin and maybe Birdman. Now, Gerald Wallace makes Portland a tougher series for Kevin Durant. But Russell Westbrook can expose Andre Miller over a 7-game series. The Thunder is better off with Portland. On whether the Thunder will "try" to pass Dallas and get the No. 3 seed in the playoff: Yes, the Thunder will try. It's not in their nature to tank games. If that happens, it happens with old teams. I think the Thunder is better off with the Spurs than the Lakers, but I think the Thunder is better off with Portland than with Denver. OKC always seems to play well against the Blazers. Not necessarily true with the Nuggets. I like OKC's chances better against the Spurs. But let's be honest. Nothing easy about either one of them. Rough, rough series against San Antonio. The Spurs are playoff-tested, they've got the league's best record, I like everything about them. But I'd still rather play San Antone than LA. The Lakers-Thunder would be fascinating theater, with Perkins, but LA would be very tough to beat. On new OU basketball coach Lon Kruger's recruiting ability: I don't think Kruger is a whiz-bang recruiter. But so long as he hires a good recruiter or two, he'll be fine. I don't think being a great recruiter is mandatory for head coaching success. On whether OSU baseball coach Frank Anderson is on the hot seat: I think Frank Anderson most definitely feels the heat. Two straight years missing the Big 12 Tournament? I'm not holding him to some kind of standard of winning the league or anything. But finishing ninth or worse two years running? That won't do in Stillwater. On whether the Sooners should have hired Billy Gillespie: I don't think he was worth the risk. In a state where alcohol and/or addiction took down two straight OSU basketball coaches, I don't see how OU could take a chance on a guy with similar tendencies. One thing that really concerned me about the Gillisipie story written by Yahoo's Jason King was this: John Lucas saying Gillispie was not an alcoholic, he was just a guy who had some problems with alcohol. Gillisipie went through Lucas' program. That seemed like a red flag. I think OU did the right thing.