During last year’s season series, Kevin Durant and the Thunder got their first taste of life without Westbrook. And with only one established perimeter threat, Memphis was able to sic Tony Allen on Durant and ratchet up the stress level behind him.
Marc Gasol definitely got the better of that matchup during the playoffs last season. While he and Randolph switched off defensively on Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins, the Memphis bigs often helped each other and doubled up when Ibaka had the ball.
In one of the most unlikely performances in NBA Finals history, Mike Miller shot the Thunder’s lights out, scoring 23 points and making seven of his eight 3s during a Game 5 blowout that sealed the Heat’s 2012 NBA Championship.