Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/17/12

The stars are going to be stars in the Thunder-Lakers series. Oklahoma City fields All-Stars in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, while Los Angeles suits up Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

The difference in the Western Conference semifinals could end up being the ancillary pieces. The rotation for Thunder coach Scott Brooks is legitimately 10 deep and he doesn't mind extending that out if needed.

Lakers skipper Mike Brown is stretching it to get to eight. So besides the Thunder's youth and athleticism, OKC can come at the Lakers with sheer bodies.

"We're confident with the guys we have on our team," reserve big man Nick Collison said. "We have a lot of guys that can play. We have guys that haven't gotten the opportunity that are capable of playing well for us.

"We have faith in all of our guys, that's what we practice and everybody practices the same amount of reps. It's important. Playoffs are a long haul. It's a marathon with so many games, and things come up where different guys have to step up and play."

It was a total team effort Tuesday in Game 2, as the Thunder rallied from seven down in the fourth quarter to beat the Lakers 77-75 and take a 2-0 lead. The best-of-7 series shifts to the Staples Center in Los Angeles for two games Friday and Saturday.

Brooks can put a complete second unit on the floor, led by James Harden, which allows for all of the Thunder's starters to maximize their effort for whatever minutes they're out there.

"I have a lot of confidence in our guys, even the guys that don't play," Brooks said. "They work every day and they put themselves in a position, if they ever get called, that they're going to have success. We like playing nine or 10 guys. The Lakers are a big team, so you have to throw a lot of guys out there."

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