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Darnell Mayberry: OKC Thunder 'let up' in loss to Clippers

by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 4, 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 Oklahoma City's loss to the L.A. Clippers Saturday:

The Thunder let up. When the third quarter started, the Clippers came out with fire and the Thunder came out thinking L.A. was going to give up. Next thing you know it was a ballgame. And the Clippers grew confident.

On the chances Nate Robinson will play more in the final few games:

I doubt it. Unless it's a blowout. Brooks seems set with his rotation.

On the tougher first round opponent for the Thunder -- Portland or Denver:

I've been saying Portland. The Blazers have more talented stars. But Denver is loaded with more depth. They both would be extremely tough outs. And winning at either of their places is darn near impossible.

On a potential playoff matchup between Kendrick Perkins and Denver's Nene:

It's going to be a good chess match. Nene can play physical in the post, which Perk obviously has the strength and skills to counter. But Nene's footwork is incredible. I'm not sure if Perk can keep up when it comes to that. We'll see. It'll be interesting.

Chat Recap: Darnell Mayberry

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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