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Spurs-Grizzlies tale of the tape: Experience or exuberance

By Berry Tramel Modified: April 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm •  Published: April 28, 2011

Center: San Antonio's Antonio McDyess vs. Memphis' Marc Gasol. Thunder wants McDyess. Gasol is an emerging big man. He's not as good as big brother Pau, but he's a legit NBA center. McDyess once was a force, but at age 36, he's lost most of his might.

Bench big man: San Antonio's Dejuan Blair vs. Memphis' Darrell Arthur. Thunder wants Blair. There was a time Blair dominated the Thunder on the boards. That won't happen in the Kendrick Perkins era. Arthur is improving; he's athletic and is averaging 8.0 points and 3.4 rebounds a game.

Bench sharpshooter: San Antonio's Gary Neal vs. Memphis' O.J. Mayo. Thunder wants Mayo. Neal is not as ballyhooed, but he's an excellent 3-pointer, witness his season-saving trey in Game 5. Meanwhile, Mayo shot just 40.7 percent during the season and is shooting 37 percent in the playoffs. Plus, the Grizzlies tried to trade him in February.

Bench specialist: San Antonio's Matt Bonner vs. Memphis' Shane Battier. Thunder wants Bonner. Sounds crazy, considering Bonner's long-distance shooting long has haunted the Thunder. But Battier is an elite defender who will cause problems for Durant.

Backup point guard: San Antonio's George Hill vs. Memphis' Grevious Vasquez. Thunder wants Vasquez. Hill is one of the Spurs' bright spots in the playoffs, averaging 12.8 points a game. Vasquez does little.


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