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The Lakers' defense really showed me something in Game 7 against Denver. Not sure where it was the whole series, but the Lakers will have to employ it the entire time against OKC.The Lakers' 7-footers give them an advantage, provided they show up. Of course, that didn't always happen in the first round. The Lakers also have a potential Kevin Durant stopper in Metta World Peace, who will be eligible to play in the entire series.
And the Thunder has almost no bench to speak of (Nick Collison? Daequan Cook?) beyond James Harden.he Lakers know they can't mess around against Oklahoma City. There's simply too little margin for error. Because of that, the Lakers won't take nights off and will actually try. The Lakers showed just how dangerous they can be in Games 1 and 7 against Denver when they have that mind set and play as a team.Everybody important on the Thunder is young. And rested. Not good for the Lakers.Like Denver, the Thunder is another run-and-gun opponent, only better. And the Nuggets just extended the Lakers to a seventh game in the first round.