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John Rohde: Thunder now has momentum heading to Memphis for Game 3
The Oklahoman's Oklahoma City Thunder and NBA beat writer John Rohde 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 whether the Thunder will win Game 3 in Memphis:
Not sure. But I sure like their chances of splitting in Memphis after last night. Slight momentum swing in the series is now in OKC's favor. Team that won the most recent game always has the momentum.
On whether Thunder forward Serge Ibaka will play in Game 3 vs. Memphis:
Thunder doesn't practice today. Should be good to go. Just bumped knees. Was ready to start second half, if needed. Was on a bike in the tunnel.
On why guard Nate Robinson hasn't played in the playoffs for OKC:
He's not good enough, proved that with 2 for 11 effort in season finale against Milwaukee. Besides, he's much more valuable on the sideline than on the court. He's one of the best bench players I ever recall seeing. He is into it, cheering on teammates; sticking up for them; coming to their defense. Last night was a prime example, coming to James Harden's defense.
On why the Thunder is being public with their defensive strategy on Memphis:
Trust me,every NBA team knows what the other team has done.
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) passes the ball to Kendrick Perkins (5) from between Zach Randolph (50) of Memphis and Darrell Arthur (00) during game two of the Western Conference semifinals between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA basketball playoffs at Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
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