Job 1 for Thunder: Neutralize LeBron

Sarah Phipps/Oklahoman

Six months later, the Oklahoma City Thunder still might not have found a solution to the riddle that so effectively stumped it last season and stopped its run to the NBA championship.

The problem: LeBron James.

The objective: defending him.

“I think people are still trying to figure that one out,” confessed Kevin Durant.

The Thunder on Tuesday will get another shot at cracking the code that is James. The Christmas Day showcase will be the first time the Thunder has faced James since he bulldozed through OKC and powered his Miami Heat to a 4-1 victory in last year's NBA Finals.

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