Thunder vs. Lakers: How do the rosters stack up?
John Rohde looks at the two teams' rosters now and in 2010 and recaps the teams' regular-season matchups.
The Thunder already knows what it's like to face the Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs, losing 4-2 in the opening round two years ago.
OKC didn't have center Kendrick Perkins two seasons ago, and still came within 0.5 seconds of forcing a Game 7.
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For the past week, it appeared Perkins again would not be available for the Thunder after suffering a right hip muscle strain against the Dallas Mavericks on May 5.
Perkins participated in Sunday's practice and it appears likely he will be available for Game 1 on Monday at 8:30 p.m. at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder is far better equipped to counter the Lakers' massiveness with Perkins and Nazr Mohammed at center than it was two seasons ago with Nenad Krstic.
Young stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka are now two years wiser, two years better, two years scarier than in 2010.
Plus, those Lakers were better than these Lakers. The Lakers no longer have Lamar Odom, Shannon Brown, Jordan Farmar or coach Phil Jackson.
Perhaps most significant of all, OKC now holds the series wild card in former Lakers point guard Derek Fisher, who admittedly pumped his fist to a chant of "Beat L-A" for 1,500 fans who greeted the Thunder at the airport following its sweep over the Mavs nine days ago.
A look at the rosters, then and now (and their regular-season stats):
Lakers starters: G Kobe Bryant (27.8 ppg; 5.4 rpg; 5.0 apg); G Derek Fisher (7.5 ppg; 2.1 rpg; 2.5 apg); F Ron Artest (11.0 ppg; 4.3 rpg; 3.0 apg); F Pau Gasol (18.3 ppg; 11.3 rpg; 3.4 apg); C Andrew Bynum (15.0 ppg; 8.3 rpg; 1.5 bpg).
Key subs: F Lamar Odom (10.8 ppg; 9.8 rpg; 3.3 apg); G Shannon Brown (8.1 ppg; 2.2 rpg; 1.3 apg); G Jordan Farmar (7.2 ppg; 1.6 rpg; 1.5 apg); F Luke Walton (2.4 ppg; 1.3 rpg; 1.4 apg).
Thunder starters: G Russell Westbrook (16.1 ppg; 4.8 rpg; 8.0 apg); G Thabo Sefolosha (6.0 ppg; 4.7 rpg; 1.8 apg); F Kevin Durant (30.1 ppg; 7.6 rpg; 2.8 apg); F Jeff Green (15.1 ppg; 6.0 rpg; 1.6 apg); C Nenad Krstic (8.4 ppg; 5.0 rpg; 0.7 apg).
Key subs: F Serge Ibaka (6.3 ppg; 5.4 rpg; 1.3 bpg); F Nick Collison (5.9 ppg; 5.1 rpg; 0.5 apg); G James Harden (9.9 ppg; 3.2 rpg; 1.8 apg); G Eric Maynor (4.5 ppg; 1.7 rpg; 3.4 apg).
Lakers starters: G Kobe Bryant (27.9 ppg; 5.4 rpg; 4.6 apg); G Ramon Sessions (12.7 ppg; 3.8 rpg; 6.2 apg); F Metta World Peace (7.7 ppg; 3.4 rpg; 2.2 apg); F Pau Gasol (17.1 ppg; 10.4 rpg; 3.7 apg); C Andrew Bynum (18.7 ppg; 11.8 rpg; 1.9 bpg).