Thunder-Lakers: Examining Oklahoma City's postseason perfection

The Thunder's versatility and variety of methods have been on display during its 6-0 playoff roll.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: May 17, 2012

"We've had some success this playoffs so far, but it doesn't really guarantee the next game's result if you don't get the good effort, good energy and teamwork."

The Thunder's success has come from every starter fulfilling his role — Thabo Sefolosha's smothering defense on Kobe Bryant; Kendrick Perkins scowling through pain; Serge Ibaka's astonishing shot-blocking ability; Russell Westbrook being a nightmare on both sides of the ball; and Durant being, well, Durant.

Reserves have done the same in Nick Collison knowing exactly what to do and when; Nazr Mohammed being there when needed most; Daequan Cook rediscovering his shooting touch; Derek Fisher throwing daggers at opponents; and James Harden being, well, James Harden.

"In this league, you have to win different ways and other guys have to step up, and I think we've had that in this playoffs," Brooks said.

And if it continues, perhaps so will the perfection.


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