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Randolph is a double-double machine for Memphis and was the star of the Grizzlies’ postseason run last year. But he was never known to be very nimble and has lost some quickness after a knee injury. That could spell trouble against the explosive Griffin.

What they’re saying: “I can’t wait to see that matchup, Zach Randolph going up against Blake Griffin. That’s going to be one of the marquee series in the first round.” _ TNT’s Greg Anthony.


Russell Westbrook vs. Jason Kidd.

The young, athletic Westbrook is as fast as they come, certainly faster that 39-year-old Kidd. But count on the crafty Kidd and the defending champion Dallas Mavericks to try and force Oklahoma City’s shoot-first point guard into one of those 3-for-16 nights that make Thunder fans cringe.

What they’re saying: “He’s a big part of our heart and soul. When we’re without him, we can win some games but we’re not the same team.” _ Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on Kidd.