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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

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t KD also needs to pass out quicker to put pressure on the D. The second reason is KD is getting played extremely physically in the post, even when it's guys like Kidd guarding him. (Side note: Kidd can push and lean on KD in the post but no one can do that to Dirk at the other end. Go figure.) So KD's got to make himself a better target for an entry pass. There are a lot of possessions where Westbrook can't even get it to KD in the post out of fear of turning it over.

On Thabo Sefolosha's future with the Thunder:

Because of his skills and his cap-friendly contract, Sefolosha will be around for a while. He can basically get it done on call defensively, and that's something every team needs. Even if (when) he becomes a reserve next season, he'll still have value as the Thunder seeks to try to continue its stated goal of being a defensive-minded organization.

On Serge Ibaka's play against the Mavericks:

I don't think he's still hurt. I think he's playing against a guy named Dirk. He makes a lot of people look bad. That matchup is the exact opposite of what Serge does well. He's not a good man defender. He's a great weak side defender. The proof is shown in this series by his one block-per-game average.

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by Darnell Mayberry
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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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