Very few players have been in both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference finals. Does this one feel any different because you're closer to home (Beaumont, Texas)?
"Yeah, it does. As soon as we won last night, I got all kinds of phone calls about tickets so it made me feel close to home. One thing I can say, when I was in Boston, it was fun. But last night, it was real fun. Being around a group of guys – KD (Kevin Durant), who's just a great guy – and then just to see all the (fans react), it was just unbelievable. I'm just happy to be a part of it."
You and center Nazr Mohammed are the only two Thunder players who have reached this point in the playoffs. What advice will you share?
"There's only four teams still playing. Embrace the moment, but take advantage of it. Just don't take it for granted and keep working."
How big of an adjustment will it be from facing a team that packs the paint in Memphis to facing a team that spreads the court and loves the 3-pointer in Dallas?
"It'll be a huge test for us, but I think that's what the playoffs are all about – adjustments. As we try to get further, the more we try to accomplish, it's only going to get harder."
Talk about facing Mavericks center Tyson Chandler.
"One thing about him, he's way different than (Memphis center) Marc Gasol, I'll tell you that. He's a guy who runs the court. He's more athletic. I've definitely got my hands full. He's a guy who's quicker. He's a guy who's improved, a big improvement the last three years he's been playing."
For the first time in the playoffs this season, you don't have the homecourt advantage. How important is it to ambush Dallas in Game 1?
"We're definitely going to try. One thing about Dallas, they didn't sweep the defending champions for nothin'. They're a team with great experience. They're a team that's really focused, that's locked in. Those guys are getting older, so the window (of opportunity) is getting smaller for them. I know how it feels to be on a team like that (at Boston), and they're especially not going to let a group of young guys come in and take it away from them. We definitely can win Game 1, but it's not going to easy."