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Darnell Mayberry: James Harden needs to get his teammates more involved to beat the Thunder

The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry took questions on the Oklahoma City Thunder today in his Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chat's Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on Here's a recap of today's Q&A.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm •  Published: April 22, 2013

The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry took questions on the Oklahoma City Thunder today in his Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chat's Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on Here's a recap of today's Q&A:

Darnell Mayberry 11:03 a.m. Greetings, ladies and gents.
ThunderHead 11:04 a.m. what do you think of fans booing Harden? I was at the game and just couldn't bring myself to do it... I still like the guy!
Darnell Mayberry 11:04 a.m. It was to be expected. I think those that did understand that he turned down a great situation for a good one.
ThunderHead 11:05 a.m. Which was more impressive, KD's charge on Jimbo Slice or Perk leading the break and tossing the lob to Ibaka?
Darnell Mayberry 11:05 a.m. We've seen Perk lead the break before and make some nice passes. Durant rarely takes a charge. I'm going with Durant.
ThunderHead 11:05 a.m. I expect the game Wednesday to be much closer... but I wonder, what would be different? The Thunder can play better... Thats scary for Houston!
Darnell Mayberry 11:06 a.m. Houston can, too. I suspect the Rockets will make more shots.
ThunderHead 11:06 a.m. Seems like the only way the Rockets can make this a series is if Harden gets guys in foul trouble by driving to the basket early and often
Darnell Mayberry 11:07 a.m. Even if he does, he's only one guy and the Thunder is deep. Harden will need to get his teammates involved. Harden trying to do it by himself is the best thing that can happen for the Thunder.
ThunderHead 11:07 a.m. Serge wins player of the game in my mind, but Westbrook is a very close second. Reggie Jackson also played really well on both sides of the ball. Who else deserves a nod?
Darnell Mayberry 11:08 a.m. You're probably right. Everybody else just did their job well.
Guest 11:08 a.m. Are you able to hear or make out any trash talk that is being said between any of the Thunder players and Harden? There was a play last night where it appeared KD was screaming something in Harden's direction after a big play for the Thunder.
Darnell Mayberry 11:08 a.m. I could not.
Steve B. 11:08 a.m. Who would the Thunder rather play -- Clips or Grizz? Seems like both would be a physical slug-fest. Who do you think we match up better against?.
Darnell Mayberry 11:11 a.m. Clippers. The Thunder has trouble scoring against Memphis' defense and nearly as much trouble stopping them from scoring. Even when OKC gets stops against Memphis it's a battle, and the Thunder is susceptible to allowing a ton of offensive rebounds against Grizzlies. On the other hand, the Thunder has figured out how to guard the Clippers. Chris Paul has largely struggled against the Thunder (although I'd never rule out Paul), and it hasn't been a problem for the Thunder to find its offensive rhythm against L.A.
ThunderHead 11:11 a.m. What was the best moment/comment from the post game interviews?
Darnell Mayberry 11:12 a.m. Easy. Seeing Westbrook walk into the interview room with his outfit.
Brandon 11:12 a.m. Do you think K-Mart resigns with the Thunder to a much reduced contract? And if not, isn't a one year K-Mart rental/Jeremy Lamb/this year's #12 overall pick a pretty sad haul for a Top 10 player? Also, this year's team being as good as last year's is a true testament to KD/Russ/Serge's improvement.
Darnell Mayberry 11:15 a.m. No. I can't see it. He can talk about how much he likes being on a winner, but he'd have to take a serious paycut on what likely will be his last big contract to stick around. I'm not sure the Thunder is willing to bite the bullet on paying additional tax to keep him as a third option after seeing all season how he easily gets lost in the shuffle. Not to mention Jeremy Lamb waiting in the wings as a potential cheaper yet capable replacement...As for the haul, don't forget about Charlotte's second rounder this year, the No. 32 overall pick (a very valuable pick) and a future first-rounder from Dallas. So, yeah, I'd say that was quite the haul.
okie 11:15 a.m. where did the rockets find patrick beverly?
Darnell Mayberry 11:15 a.m. On the street apparently. Jeremy Lin might want to take some notes from him.
Nate 11:15 a.m. What did you think of durant? Did he seem more aggressive to you? Back to the cold blooded scorer? Or more of the same from the last 2 months or being a distributor?
Darnell Mayberry 11:16 a.m. More of the same. But he didn't really need to turn it on as a scorer last night. I think he will though.
Nate 11:16 a.m. On court interview after the game Tracy wolfson asked KD about bumping his knee. He said he was fine but did you notice anything?
Darnell Mayberry 11:16 a.m. Other than him clutching at it and limping a bit, no.
Michael 11:16 a.m. Which is worse: Brewer's offense or Fish's defense? And which is better: Brewer's defense or Fish's offense?
Darnell Mayberry 11:17 a.m. I'll go with Brewer's offense as worse than Fish's D and Brewer's defense being better than Fisher's offense...Mix the two together and you've got a solid player.
Guest 11:18 a.m. Any chance you can convince the web team to stop automatically playing ads and videos?
Darnell Mayberry 11:19 a.m. Know how some things at your place of employment are just above your pay grade? That's one of them that are above mine.
Nate 11:19 a.m. Did you think the question to kd about his family not wearing the tshirts was a little out of line?
Darnell Mayberry 11:20 a.m. Out of line might be a little harsh. Ill-timed and unnecessary perhaps.
okie 11:20 a.m. why did they take the mike away from DJ boom that guy is awesome? how do we get rid of the thunder drummers?
Darnell Mayberry 11:21 a.m. You're the first I've come across that cares for DJ Boom yelling into the microphone...I've given up trying to get the Thunder Drummers voted off the island.
tom 11:21 a.m. Cleaning up from a previous chat - did you ask Presti about putting a pro-shop in Tulsa?
Darnell Mayberry 11:22 a.m. Yes. He thought it was a good idea.
tom 11:24 a.m. I don't know that OKC - even with Harden - could beat Miami this yer. Time will tell (if they get the chance) but that team is incredible.
Darnell Mayberry 11:26 a.m. Incredible indeed. The Thunder would have to play a perfect series AND get a little lucky. It's not out of the question. But it'll be interesting to see how much the Thunder has grown...A little piece of advice, though. Enjoy the present and don't worry so much about the future.
Nate 11:26 a.m. I love that ibaka's jumper was falling last night. But I worry he falls in love with it a bit too much. I'd like to see him back a guy down and take a closer shot or take it to the rack a little more. Do you agree?
Darnell Mayberry 11:26 a.m. You and me both, brother.
Michael 11:26 a.m. Is the first round of the playoffs strictly about money for the NBA? Because I agree with Barkley. This year's first round is pretty pathetic and unnecessary.
Darnell Mayberry 11:27 a.m. Everything the NBA does is strictly about money.
okie 11:27 a.m. is Rob nice still doing games in new orleans? i felt he was the best Emcee at games.
Darnell Mayberry 11:27 a.m. Yes. He also co-hosted the All-Star Game in Houston this year.
zaldykun 11:28 a.m. thunder wins 4-0?
Darnell Mayberry 11:28 a.m. That's what I predicted. We'll see.
Nate 11:29 a.m. Ginobli can't keep this up through the playoffs right? First game back he's on fire!
Darnell Mayberry 11:29 a.m. That's another guy I wouldn't doubt. Manu Ginobili
Darnell Mayberry 11:31 a.m. Thanks for joining us today. Look for a Google Hangout on the Thunder on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Have a great week.
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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