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ESPN/ABC analyst Hubie Brown favors Thunder to win the West

Former NBA coach pleased with Thunder's acquisitions, including Ronnie Brewer and Derek Fisher
by Mel Bracht Published: March 9, 2013
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Do you think the Thunder will overtake the Spurs for the No. 1 seed in the West with Tony Parker out for a month?

The Thunder is favored to come out of the West. I like the fact that they got Martin and I really like the fact that they picked up (Hasheem) Thabeet, and also Ronnie Brewer and (Derek) Fisher. Now Brewer and Fisher, that gives them the depth in case of key injuries with key guys who have played in a lot of playoff games. Then the Thabeet factor, the staff is getting a great contribution from him. Because of his incredible size and wingspan, he causes and disrupts a lot of plays and a lot of passing in the lane area. ... The Thunder is playing them (San Antonio) twice. They win those two games, they're even. Now it comes down to scheduling and from now to the end, San Antonio has a favorable schedule. ... Parker definitely would be in the top three when you're picking an MVP for the league, so they are missing a major piece because he's playing the best basketball that he's played in his career.

How do you rate the Celtics playing without injured point guard Rajon Rondo?

Well, a lot of people say the Celtics are a 7 (seed). Well the Celtics are only one game in the loss column out of fourth. As long as they have an ability to have a day off before key games, they can be a handful. They can't take any games off because they are in a major fight. They could possibly get fourth — we don't know if (Derrick) Rose is coming back, Brooklyn has been sliding and Atlanta is up and down — they really have a good shot there.

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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