Memphis Grizzlies/Oklahoma City Thunder: Game 1
- I think now we are going to see how much the Thunder will miss Russell Westbrook. They go from the Rockets, who play close to no defense, to the Grizzlies who have the best defense in the league.
- Kevin Durant is the only one doing anything for OKC in the first. The rest of the team is 1 for 14 from the field, reminding us that for the Thunder to keep their postseason alive, someone else has to step up.
- No baskets for anyone in the first two minutes. 16-14 after the first quarter. Maybe both teams are good at defense?
- Once again, Kevin Martin got the memo -- 15 points in the second quarter to take some pressure off Durant. Reggie Jackson helping out a good bit as well.
- Forget what I said about defense -- 63 points scored in the second quarter. Believe it or not, Durant did not have a field goal attempt.
- Halftime adjustment edge goes to Lionel Hollins as the Grizzlies hop out to a double-digit lead. Hollins gets the advantage of coaching against (in my opinion) the two worst Western Conference playoff coaches in the first two rounds.
- Quincy Pondexter with a sick shot to end the third. If Martin makes the free throw and the Thunder set up their defense, could have been a five-point game going into the fourth. Instead it is nine.
- Apparently Pondexter’s shot did not demoralize the Thunder. They are out hot in the fourth and have closed it to two. This team is still full of scorers, even without Westbrook.
- The Thunder have tied it at 84 down the stretch and the Grizzlies cannot seem to find a guy who wants to step up and score.
- You know who the Thunder are going to to score.
- Durant buries the pull-up jumper in transition to take the lead. Memphis cannot even get a shot off. Who is the crunch time defensive team?
- You rarely see a ref that will step up and call a foul on a jump shot down the stretch. Great call, and then Pondexter misses the first free throw.
- Great performance from OKC down the stretch to get Game 1 when it looked like it was getting out of their hands. Really impressive down the stretch, especially Kevin Durant, but we all expected that.
- This goes to show that all the Thunder have to do is it keep it close into the fourth then Durant can take over and Memphis will have trouble finding someone to score. Should be a fun series though.
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