Thunder Ready for Lakers' Big Men This Time

Thunder Ready for Lakers' Big Men This Time

Less than 3 1/2 minutes into the Thunder's first playoff game ever, 7-footer Pau Gasol threw a pass at the basket, and 7-footer Andrew Bynum skied to easily dunk the ball.

Uh-oh, thought everyone in Thunder blue. Just exactly how is the Thunder supposed to stop that?

Seemed like a quick series was inevitable, and though the Thunder hung tough in April 2010, taking the series to six games, no ever thought the Lakers were vulnerable.

That has changed. The Thunder team that awaits the Lakers in a Western Conference semifinal series that begins Monday night is different from those Baby Boomers of two years ago.

This Thunder team is not an upstart. Not seeking an upset. This Thunder team has legit championship aspirations. And this Thunder team was built to beat LA.

That Thunder team started Nenad Krstic and Jeff Green opposite Bynum and Gasol. This Thunder team starts Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka.

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