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Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook are each excellent in their own way.
Parker is the motor to the Spurs' machine-like offense.
Westbrook is the electricity to the Thunder, the Robin to Durant's Batman.
We thought we were going to get a treat when Tony Parker went up against Chris Paul in the semifinals. But the Spurs shut down Paul, and Parker struggled knocking down his jump shot.
The Western Conference Finals should provide more excitement.
Westbrook comes in averaging 24.1 points per game during the postseason while shooting 47.2 percent from the field. Parker is not too far down the list, averaging 19.1 points per game.
But it won't be the scoring that determines this series, strangely enough.
It will be Parker getting into the paint and Westbrook facing the turnover battle.
Westbrook will put up points; he averaged 22.3 points per game against the Spurs in the regular season. The problem, for Thunder fans, is that he also turned the ball over an average of 3.6 times. That's the second-highest average in his four-year career.
If the Thunder want to beat the Spurs, Westbrook must make better decisions than fans are accustom to seeing.
The game plan doesn't stop there.
Defensively, Parker cannot be allowed into the lane. When No. 9 is free to roam, the floodgates are wide open.
Advantage: Tony Parker
Although Tony Parker did not have a great series against the Clippers, he torched the Thunder in the regular season. Neither Westbrook nor James Harden could slow down the Spurs point-man, as Parker averaged 23.7 points and an impressive 7.7 assists per game.
While Westbrook has had a better handle on his turnovers this postseason, he is just not as good of a decision-maker as Parker. Ultimately, barring near-perfect performances from Westbrook, Parker should have a bigger impact on the series.