Darnell Mayberry: Team with the better bench will decide tonight's Thunder-Mavericks game

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: May 23, 2011 at 11:51 am •  Published: May 23, 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 the importance of each team's bench in the Thunder-Mavericks series:

The team with the better bench has decided each game. Dallas' bench outscored the Thunder's in Games 1 and 3. The Thunder's reserves won the battle of the benches in Game 2. The problem now is Brooks is shortening his bench, so there's almost no way for the Thunder's reserves to make as much of an impact as they did in Game 2. Eric Maynor didn't play in the second half. So that leaves Harden, Collison and Cook to do all the heavy lifting. And that means most of the bench scoring has to come from Harden, while Cook and Collison contribute between six and 10 points each. That's putting a lot of pressure on the starters to play extremely well. They have to be up for the challenge.

On why Kevin Durant isn't posting up more against Dallas:

Two reasons. Durant is getting doubled on his catches. So it's not conducive for him scoring anyway. You could say he then should be passing out and making easy plays for teammates, but the Mavs are swarming to the ball and cutting off kick outs. It would help if the Thunder had Harden and Cook on the floor with KD so when he posted up and got doubled there would be some shooters to make the Mavs pay. Chat Recap: Darnell Mayberry

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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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