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OKC Thunder able to combat Denver's 2-point guard lineup with its own athletic guards

BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Published: April 15, 2011
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Nuggets coach George Karl has two quality point guards. He likes to use them at the same time, even though both Ty Lawson (5-foot-11) and Raymond Felton (6-foot-1) are on the smallish side.


But the Thunder might negate Denver's mighty mite lineup.

In two games last week against the Thunder, the Nuggets did not play well when Lawson and Felton shared the court together.

In the Thunder's 101-94 victory in Denver, Oklahoma City outscored the Nuggets 45-41 in the 20 minutes and 10 seconds when both Lawson and Felton were on the court.

In the Thunder's 104-89 rout three nights later in OKC, the Thunder outscored the Nuggets 43-30 in the 17:26 when the Denver point guards played together.

The Thunder's answer for Denver's quick point guards? Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha and James Harden.

The Thunder has physical, big, athletic guards. Westbrook can match up with one of the Nugget point guards, and Sefolosha is versatile enough defensively that he often is assigned players as varied as Deron Williams to LeBron James.

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