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Thunder big men stick to the plan

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Modified: April 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm •  Published: April 21, 2011

OKC made a point to seal off opponents from the defensive boards and became more aggressive at the opposite end of the floor.

However, there is a danger in hitting the offensive glass hard against Denver. Should you fail in your quest for the rebound, the Nuggets will head in the opposite direction, and in a hurry. Also significant to the Thunder's 2-0 series lead is Denver combining for just 20 fastbreak points so far.

"It's more paying attention to detail," Thunder reserve center Nazr Mohammed said. "You have to pick and choose when you can hit the glass. You have to concentrate on keeping them off the glass. That's something I was really paying attention to going into (Wednesday's) game, trying to keep Birdman (Chris Andersen) off the glass."

Oftentimes, it is just as important who does not get the rebound as who does. The Thunder's quick start and board domination rendered some Denver reserve players useless in the eyes of Nuggets coach George Karl.

In Game 1, nine Denver players played double-digit minutes. In Game 2, seven were in double-digits and every one of those played at least 22 minutes.

OKC's defense made Denver's bench shrink on Wednesday.

"We set the tone early (in Game 2) and it was really good for us," Collison said. "We seem to feed off that. If we get off to s good start, we kind of build and really go on some runs."


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