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Darnell Mayberry: Are the Thunder and Nuggets developing a rivalry?

by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 25, 2011

The Oklahoman's Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry 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 whether the Thunder-Nuggets series could lead to a rivalry and whether the players will admit it:

I think the Thunder will. But it'll take a few years for it to develop. The team won't after one playoff series. Even though this series has had a lot of side shows, we're a long way away from being able to call it a rivalry.

On how the Thunder matches up with possible second-round opponent Memphis:

[Zach] Randolph will give the Thunder problems. I'm not as worried about Gasol because of Perk. KD could struggle against Tony Allen and Shane Battier. But Memphis has no answer for Russell Westbrook.

On what Denver needs to do to win Game 4 tonight:

Limit their turnovers. Make more free throws. Find a way to make KD and Westbrook uncomfortable.

On where Russell Westbrook ranks among the point guards in the playoffs:

Third behind Chris Paul and Derrick Rose.

On OKC's MVP in its first round series against Denver:

It's between Westbrook and Durant. I don't think you can separate the impact the two have had in this series.

Chat Recap: Darnell Mayberry