All four members of the Oklahoma City Thunder that spoke with the media on Monday morning echoed the same key in their NBA Playoff series with Los Angeles Clippers.
Slowing down the Clippers fast break is what OKC knows is important.
In particular, the Thunder want to avoid the alley oop lobs that DeAndre Jordan and former Sooner Blake Griffin have made famous, even garnering the nickname of “Lob City.”
Jordan and Griffin are both athletic and physical, so the Thunder know they have a lot to deal with inside the lane and on the fast break.
The Thunder’s big men have to walk a fine line between going after rebounds and not being late in getting back to defend the Clippers fast break.
Game 1 of this Western Conference semifinal series is Monday at 8:30 p.m. at Chesapeake Arena.