Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here.
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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