Thunder vs. Lakers: Interior Dominance Key to Game 4 Victory for Each Squad

May 19th, 2012 by Ian Hanford Leave a reply »
The winning recipe, and most contentious part of the court, should be extremely obvious to both Los Angeles and Oklahoma City.

The Lakers need to get into the lane for easy buckets or free throws. The Thunder need to keep the Lakers forwards out of the painted area, forcing them to win from the perimeter.

The Lakers 42 free-throw attempts (and 41 makes) made this extremely obvious in Game 3. Los Angeles holds a major size advantage down low and must continue to go to the well if they want to even the series up Saturday evening.

Let's take a look at both team's interior players and how they can impact Game 4.


Thunder Big Men

Oklahoma City's frontcourt is made up off Kendrick Perkins' endless bad mood, Serge Ibaka's freakish athleticism, and Kevin Durant's silky-smooth stroke.

Nazr Mohammed and Nick Collison also contribute off the bench.

The Thunder's frontcourt is not a bad unit, but it's at a big disadvantage against the Lakers height and strength.

Perkins, Mohammed, and Ibaka are their tallest players at 6'10'', but none are physically imposing.

Winning ...

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