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 ...