Play-off Pondering: April 21, 2011

OKC over DEN, 106-89 (OKC up 2-0)
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Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook made another dynamic duo impression as Oklahoma thundered past Denver in Game 2. Twin bigs Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins also held their own underneath by combining for 23 boards. Oklahoma is now halfway towards barging through the second round of the postseason, and unless a major setback derails them, they’re sure to do it within the next 4 games.

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SAS over MEM, 93-87 (Series tied 1-1)

Manu Ginobili doesn’t need his right hand to beat the Memphis Grizzlies. With an unsightly brace hampering his non-shooting arm, the Argentinian sensation dazzled his way to 17 points en route to leading San Antonio to tie the series up. It also helped that the massive twosome of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol was shackled to a combined 23 points after scoring about half of the Grizzlies’ point total in Game 1. I’ll wager them splitting the next two games in Tennessee.

LAL over NOH, 87-78 (Series tied 1-1)

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Pau was still MIA, and Kobe wasn’t MVP-ish, but it didn’t really matter as the “other” Laker big man, Andrew Bynum, finished with a double-double to tow LA into a series-tying Game 2 triumph. 6th Man of the Year Lamar Odom and beastly forward Ron Artest backed him up with 16 and 15 markers respectively. Look for the Lakers to continue pounding the Hornets and snatch the whole series by the 5th game. Now if only the real Gasol could please show up.

Here's the PLay of the Day courtesy of Russell Westbrook's double spin cycle:

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