Darnell Mayberry: More confident, mature Thunder is dangerous heading into playoffs

by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 11, 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 NewsOK.com/sports

On whether the Thunder can beat San Antonio or Los Angeles in a playoff series:

Of course. It's not out of the question. The Thunder has gotten better, more confident and more mature. This is a dangerous team.

On whether Oklahoma City will catch Dallas for the No. 3 seed in the playoffs:

Dallas is at Houston tonight and then closes the season at home against the Hornets. Neither of those games are guarantees for the Mavs. All the Thunder needs is to win out while Dallas loses one. But it looks like Dallas is dialed in. I think it can happen. But I've thought for a while that the Thunder will get the Nuggets as a 4-5 matchup.

On the Thunder's bench in the playoffs:

Historically, role players don't play well on the road. So while the Thunder will host an opening round game, it's a stretch to think that, if OKC makes it to the second round, the role players will excel on someone else's home court. Chat Recap: Darnell Mayberry Thunder Bandwagon

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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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