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Thunder-Spurs: Oklahoman writers make their Western Conference Finals picks

Find out who Darnell Mayberry and Co. picked to win the NBA Western Conference Finals.
by Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson and Darnell Mayberry Published: May 26, 2012

The Oklahoman's writers make their picks for the Thunder-Spurs series.

Jenni Carlson

Thunder over Spurs in 6: This was my pick before the playoffs started, and I'm sticking with it. The reason? Ultimately, it comes down to the guy wearing No. 35. The Thunder has Kevin Durant. The Spurs don't.

Darnell Mayberry

Spurs over Thunder in 7: Athleticism alone will keep the Thunder competitive. But at this stage in both teams' evolution, the Spurs are deeper, smarter, more experienced and, most importantly, much more methodical when it matters most. It's been a great run. But the Thunder has met its match.

John Rohde

Spurs over Thunder in 7: I keep fluctuating as to how many games the Thunder will win. My range has been from one to three, but never quite reached four, which is the bottom line. The Spurs have slightly too much depth and too much home court for OKC to win four games. The difference will come in the smaller pieces — players like Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Gary Neal, Boris Diaw and Matt Bonner.

Berry Tramel

Spurs over Thunder in 7: It comes down to the pick-and-roll. It's simple and it's elementary, but it's also lethal. The Thunder hasn't always defended the pick-and-roll well, and now here come the Spurs, with Tony Parker dribbling, Tim Duncan picking and an army of 3-point shooters waiting to take a pass for an open jumper. I think the Thunder will have to score a ton of points to win games, which it will three times but not four.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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