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Darnell Mayberry: Breaking down the OKC Thunder's matchup with the Dallas Mavericks

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: May 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm •  Published: May 16, 2011

/> On which Dallas Maverick will guard Kevin Durant:

Shawn Marion has a better shot at containing Durant than anyone on the Thunder has at containing Dirk. But in general, I see your point. It's going to be a nice chess match.

On whether Serge Ibaka will have a "bounce back" series:

Wouldn't mind seeing Serge at the 5 on Chandler and KD at the 4 against Dirk for major minutes. Maybe throw Harden and Cook at there at the 2 and 3 with Russ at the 1 so you have floor spacing in addition to a more athletic lineup. But Serge will start on Dirk.

On Dallas' zone defense and how the Thunder will handle it:

Daequan Cook wasn't playing as well as he has been of late when the Mavs threw the zone at them in the regular season. Cook might not have been playing at all. So I think his presence should help. If the Mavs do go zone, I'd love to see Brooks throw Nate Robinson, James Harden and Daequan Cook on the floor and dare them to stay in it.

On the best lineup for the Thunder vs. Dallas:

I like KD, Russ, Harden, Collison and Serge in some situations and KD, Russ, Harden, Serge and Perk in others. I don't know if the numbers back up my belief, but to me those are by far the most effective lineups.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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