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The Spurs and the Thunder's second-round dominance was heavily solidified by the play of their All-Star point guards, Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker.
Parker is the kind of consistent, efficient and complete player that makes the Spurs offense run like clockwork. He facilitates offense like no other point guard in the game, and he does so with a level of ease that is rarely seen, as evidenced by is playoff averages of 19.1 points and 7.1 assists per game.
Westbrook, on the other hand, is the kind of player that feeds off of momentum rather than efficient production, which isn't necessarily a bad thing within the Thunder's high-octane offense.
He is a shooting guard in a point guard's body, and that's helped him average 24.1 points per game in the playoffs, so far. When it comes down to this one-on-one matchup, the biggest difference-maker will be Westbrook's athleticism.
Parker is a physical defender, but Westbrook will equalize that with his athletic abilities—the same athletic abilities that help him rise to the rim with some serious authority.
Ultimately, Westbrook will win this matchup, proving too much for the less athletic Parker to handle.
Westbrook's play will be at the forefront of the Thunder's push to the NBA Finals. No pressure, though, Westbrook.
Matchup Advantage: Russell Westbrook