Depth and toughness along the front line will be key for the Thunder throughout this second-round series because the Lakers have a formidable front line of Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace and Jordan Hill.

Thunder center Nazr Mohammed said that it’s important to play Bynum and Gasol the same way he would against Shaquille O’Neal when he was playing. That means staying between the Lakers’ towers and the basket, forcing them away from the rim and making them take shots over top of you.