NBA Playoffs: Comparing the 2011 West semifinals to this year's edition

Grizzlies and Thunder have changed a little bit since last playoff matchup.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 4, 2013
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Backup center: Hamed Haddadi was seldom used in 2011; same with Ed Davis in 2013.

THUNDER

Point guard: Reggie Jackson has replaced the injured Russell Westbrook. Big dropoff.

Center: Kendrick Perkins remains. He's better defensively now than in 2011, but his offense has regressed.

Power forward: Serge Ibaka remains. He's gotten much better over the two years.

Off guard: Thabo Sefolosha remains, and he's supplemented his expert defense with solid 3-point shooting.

Wing: Kevin Durant remains. Fantastic then. Better now.

Sixth man: James Harden has been replaced by Kevin Martin. A downgrade. Not that Martin doesn't have his moments.

Backup point guard: Eric Maynor, who was excellent in 2011, is gone. Derek Fisher sort of fills that role, but not really. Durant might be considered the backup point.

Backup big man: Nick Collison remains. The same yesterday, today and forever.

Specialist: Daequan Cook was a 3-point marksman in 2011; now the Thunder will call on defensive stopper DeAndre Liggins for a few minutes.

Backup center: Nazr Mohammed played quite a bit in that 2011 series and was effective, averaging over 12 minutes a game. Don't expect Hasheem Thabeet to play as much.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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