ESPN analysts Jon Barry, Hubie Brown rate Thunder's playoff chances

Jon Barry and Hubie Brown give the Thunder a solid shot to win Western Conference
by Mel Bracht Published: April 26, 2012

Hubie Brown: In my opinion its San Antonio and then it's Oklahoma City, who should be one-two or two-one depending on how you interpret their style of play. Then to me there is a drop-off. I think that when they were on the road, they went into all of the major buildings in the East. They did a terrific job there. I don't know, I did not do any of the San Antonio games during the course of the season, but we all know that in that matchup, you throw that out now, because of the fact that we're going to have a day in between games for rest. Also, always remember now that throw out what teams did during the year against one another, because if I play a guy 32 minutes, 33 minutes during the year, for me, and he's one of my three stars, he's going to play anywhere from 38 to 44 minutes during these games. Bench people will get less time. So there are a lot of variables that go in. But they're definitely right at the top of the mix.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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