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  • Thunder

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  1. #1
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    R2G2: Grizzlies (8) @ Thunder (4) - (Series tied 1-1)

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    Grizzlies Lead Series 1-0

    Grizzlies 114, Thunder 101 - Game 1




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    (8th Seed, 46-36)_________ (4th Seed, 55-27)



    Oklahoma City Arena


    Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 8:30 PM CT











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    ___PG___
    .....................................Mike Conley __________________________ Russell Westbrook
    The Breakdown:

    Statistically speaking, there's no contest. Westbrook averaged 21.9 ppg/8.2 apg/4.6 rpg/1.9 spg in the regular season vs. Conley's 13.7 ppg/6.5 apg/3.0 rpg/1.8 spg.

    During the Spurs series, Conley improved to 14.3 ppg, 6.2 apg and 4.5 rpg. Westbrook's line in the Nuggets series was 23.8 ppg, 6.2 apg, 6.0 rpg.

    Athletically speaking, again no contest. All-Star Westbrook is too quick, too fearless, too everything, for Conley to contain. Conley is solid and very good in the pick-and-roll, but he's not at Westbrook's level.

    Westbrook's confidence may have been shaken with the backlash hurled his way for his Game 4 performance (12-of-30 shooting and failed attempts to win the game by hoisting late erratic threes), but he remembered Durant was playing in Game 5.

    Advantage: Thunder
    ___SG___
    .....................l...............Tony Allen ________l________l___l_______ Thabo Sefolosha
    The Breakdown:

    As Thunder fans know Allen turns it up a notch, a huge notch, when he plays this team. In the four regular season games against the Thunder, Allen posted a season-high average of 18.8 ppg, along with ten total steals. However, he also posted 17 fouls, the most against any team.

    Sefolosha, like Allen, is lockdown perimeter specialist. As good as Sefolosha is (not offensively though), Allen's intensity and leadership, both strong factors in the Grizzlies' success, are clear advantages. Watch for Allen to share in duties to guard Westbrook if Conley struggles.

    Advantage: Grizzlies
    ___SF___
    ...........................l.........Sam Young ____________________________ Kevin Durant
    The Breakdown:

    You can bet the Grizzlies are working on their game plan now trying to answer the magic question: How can Durant be limited?

    Young will start in the position; a combination of Shane Battier, Allen and Young will do their level best to guard the wily forward, who happens to be the league's back-to-back scoring champion and two-time All-Star.

    Durant averaged 32.4 points in the Denver series (with 3.2 three-pointers per game) despite hands in his face and double-teaming efforts. His length and agility allows him to get a shot off from almost anywhere. Plus, he's added "clutch" to his resume. Battier has the highest probability of playing the most minutes guarding Durant without fouling; his ability to alter shots cannot be overlooked.

    Advantage: Thunder
    ___PF___
    ........................l.............Zach Randolph ____________l_____________ Serge Ibaka
    The Breakdown:

    The battle of the bigs is key to this game (we're including Kendrick Perkins and Marc Gasol here, too). The Gasol/Randolph tandem was too much for the Spurs. Facing this type of size in the playoffs is precisely why Thunder general manager Sam Presti acquired Perkins and veteran Nazr Mohammed.

    It's imperative to note that the 3-1 Memphis vs. Thunder record in the regular season was without Perkins. Again, the bigs matchup is what to watch.

    Randolph had an outstanding regular season and looks to repeat in the postseason. He averaged 20.1 ppg/12.2 rpg during the season and 21.5 ppg/9.2 rpg in the Spurs series. In Game 6, he scored 31 points (17 came in the fourth quarter) and grabbed 11 rebounds.

    Ibaka, at only 21 years of age, is turning into a defensive beast and offensive threat. In the five playoffs game vs. Denver, he posted 10.2 ppg, 11.2 rebounds and 4.8 bpg (nine blocks in Game 5). In fact, he logged his best scoring and rebound record during the two road games in Denver.

    In those four regular-season games, Randolph was guarded by ex-Thunder Jeff Green. It's a different picture now with Ibaka in place.

    Advantage: Even
    ___C___
    .......................................Marc Gasol ________________l_________ Kendrick Perkins
    The Breakdown:

    The difference here is that Gasol (14.2 ppg/12.3 rpg in Round 1) can play more effectively on both ends of the court, while Perkins (5.4 ppg/6.6 in Round 1) makes his money protecting the rim.
    There's a lot of unknown here since the two haven't had the pleasure of meeting this year. Gasol is riding high on confidence and has answered the call to step up in the postseason. Tough-minded Perkins has played just 21 games in total with his new team. Is handling the 7'1" Gasol too much to expect? How will Gasol respond to Perkins' considerably physical-style of play?

    Advantage: Even


    Code:
                        Memphis Grizzlies:             Oklahoma City Thunder:
    Points:             Zach Randolph - 20.1           Kevin Durant - 27.7
    Rebounds:           Zach Randolph - 12.2           Kendrick Perkins* - 7.9
    Assists:            Mike Conley - 6.5              Russell Westbrook - 8.2
    Blocks:             Marc Gasol - 1.7               Serge Ibaka - 2.4
    Steals:             Tony Allen - 1.8               Russell Westbrook - 1.9
    Field Goal %:       Marc Gasol - 52.7              Nazr Mohammed* - 57.3
    3-Point %:          Mike Conley - 36.9             Daequan Cook - 42.2
    Efficient FG %:     Marc Gasol - 52.9              Daequan Cook - 61.6
    True Shooting %:    Marc Gasol - 58.0              Daequan Cook - 63.0
    Minutes:            Zach Randolph - 36.3           Kevin Durant - 38.9
    PER:                Zach Randolph - 22.6           Kevin Durant - 23.6
    Win Shares:         Zach Randolph - 10.5           Kevin Durant - 12.0





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    Memphis Wins Season Series 3-1

    Grizzlies 110, Thunder 105 - January 4, 2011

    Thunder 109, Grizzlies 100 - January 8, 2011

    Grizzlies 105, Thunder 101 - February 8, 2011

    Grizzlies 107, Thunder 101 - March 7, 2011






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    **** it, going Grizzlies here!


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    ^ +1

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    Wonder if they would change the advantages for the Randolph - Ibaka and Gasol - Perkins matchup after seeing game 1.


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    I had these two teams splitting the first two games with Thunder taking GM 1 and Grizz game 2 so I guess it was reversed. I think Thunder win but I wouldn't be disappointed at all if the Grizz take it. Go Grizz.

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    Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Colin Kaepernick walk into a bar... To watch Russell Wilson win the Super Bowl.

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    Grizzlies are gonna sauce them again


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    I'm going to stop doubting these Grizz and take them in Game 2.

    Grizz win 104-99

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Jokemaker View Post
    Wonder if they would change the advantages for the Randolph - Ibaka and Gasol - Perkins matchup after seeing game 1.
    i think its always been the intention to put ibaka on him but they always set back picks on him to get the switch and they do it all the time.

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    If they start doubling Zach, we going to need Shane, OJ Mayo, and Conley to knock down some 3 balls


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    why doesnt brooks use maynor/westbrook in the back court sometimes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by daboywonder2002 View Post
    why doesnt brooks use maynor/westbrook in the back court sometimes?
    Because he's a terrible coach, and for the most part refuses to digress from his set rotations.

    Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Colin Kaepernick walk into a bar... To watch Russell Wilson win the Super Bowl.

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    I say Griz take this. There just too good from the starting 5 to the bench
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    Does anyone know what the record is for highest blocks per game average in a single postseason? Because I think Ibaka is going to set it.

    Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Colin Kaepernick walk into a bar... To watch Russell Wilson win the Super Bowl.

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    All the under-dogs won Game 1 of the series, And it started with the Grizz, But I don't think they win tonight. I got the Thunder.

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