Billy Donovan, Thunder depth being tested in West semifinals
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A slice of Collison’s minutes also went to Adams, enabling the seldom-used jumbo pairing of Adams and Kanter. Those two only played 127 minutes together all season, yet in the early fourth quarter Donovan entrusted them to hold their own against San Antonio’s reserve bigs. They succeeded—perhaps in a way that could last a few minutes at a time throughout the series.
Within that same lineup was another adjustment: Waiters, whose ability is so often shorted by his decision-making, was left in the game to run point. Oklahoma City got away with playing Randy Foye as its backup point guard in its first-round series against Dallas, yet Donovan found out rather quickly that the out-of-position veteran wouldn’t be a realistic option against San Antonio.