This is an article from the May 12, 2014 issue
FOR MAY 12, 2014
The Texans, who won just two games in 2013, say they know exactly who they want to take with the No. 1 pick in this week's NFL draft. Who will be the first piece of the rebuilding puzzle in Houston? Will the Texans grab the favorite, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, or will they gamble and select quarterback Johnny Manziel ? Check out SI.com/nfl for complete draft coverage, including our live draft blog, pick-by-pick analysis and an up-to-the-second draft tracker. Plus, Don Banks ranks the 10 draft long shots who could make the biggest impact, and Chris Burke breaks down how NFL quarterbacks on the trading block could further muddle the draft.
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Clippers vs. Thunder
I'm taking the Thunder in six. The Grizzlies pushed OKC to seven games largely because of their grinding halfcourt game and size inside. There will be no such problems against the Clippers (page 32), who like to run. The tempo will be more to the Thunder's liking, and L.A. doesn't defend as well as Memphis. Also, when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook play the way they did in Game 7 against the Grizzlies, the Thunder are nearly unbeatable. Durant was deadly and efficient, with 33 points on 12-of-18 shooting, and Westbrook was an athletic, all-around demon, with a triple double (27 points, 16 assists, 10 rebounds) and a block of a Tony Allen layup that had to be seen to be believed. It took most of the series for the pair to finally hit their stride, but now that they have, it could be bad news for the Clippers. Read more of Taylor's take on the Clippers-Thunder matchup atSI.com/nba
Which teams will be the biggest movers and shakers in the NFL draft? Watch The MMQB Draft Live show, hosted by Maggie Gray and Amani Toomer, May 8 and 9 at 4 pm EDT for the latest draft buzz. Go to TheMMQB.com