Originally posted by LA9erFan:Originally posted by Joecool:Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
OKC has more talent, and should still come out on top. I'm expecting a 7 game series.
I don't know. All thy really have is Durant and Westbrook and MEM has Allen and Battier who can compete defensively with those guys.
MEM has Randolph and Gasol but OKC doesn't really have anyone who can do anything to them.
OKC has Ibaka and Perkins, who are two of the better interior defenders in the game. If Allen/Battier can stick with Westbrook/Durant, there's no reason that Ibaka/Perkins can't stick with Randolph/Gasol.
Memphis played extremely well and their bigs won the battle in Game 1, but it's ultimately just one game.
How are Perkins and Ibaka at man-to-man vs help defense. Duncan still isn't a slouch defensively and he did play Randolph well (don't know why they didn't use him on Randolph more) until Randolph began hitting some ridiculous shots. I still think Duncan can play at or above the level of Perkins defensively so Perkins is a wash and I think his defense is over rated.
Ibaka is the athletic of the two but he appears to be more of a help defender and that's where they will get hurt with second chance points.