Well I saw this coming. This is going to be, if it isn’t already, a good series. The Grizzlies won game two as I figured, though not exactly the way I saw. They did shut down Kevin Martin but I didn’t anticipate Derek Fisher showing up. Fisher scored on a burst in the 2nd quarter. He had 19 points by halftime. Not like what Stephen Curry exploded in the 3rd quarter on Monday. And even with his explosion, the Grizzlies were right there.
As I figured, the game was entertaining. Turnovers were a problem for the Thunder and the Grizzlies took advantage with 20 points off of the turnovers. That and the fact the Thunder were not able to get much second chance opportunities. So, you can say the Grizzlies won the hustle points.
We, or at least TNT, focused on Kevin Durant and how he was close to a triple double. But, the Grizzlies won off their own triple double threat in Mike Conley. In game one, he played a key role in the two costly turnovers that made them lose the game. Here, he played a great game and made big shots to seal the deal. When I think of the top five PG’s in the league, he doesn’t come up. But, it’s not a bash on him, there’s just so many good PG’s in the league. Conley, at least for this game, proved that he’s capable of helping this team.
Now, I said Memphis in 6 games. I think they split the next two games in Memphis. But I think they take game 5 and come home to seal the series. Now, we saw vs the Clippers, they are a team that can win on the road. In fact, they were the lower seed in the first round so they had to win on the road to get this far. But the Thunder have been doing something I didn’t really expect: They had players step up. First it was Martin. Tonight it was Fisher. Who will step up their scoring game to help Durant in game 3? Will the Grizzlies be able to hold off the extra help? Because if they do, this series is certainly a done deal in favor of the Grizzlies.
Again, this is going to one hoot of a series and, as a Sixers fan (interesting that both coaches played for the Sixers for a time) I don’t really have a favorite. I’m just enjoying good basketball. And if you’re not a fan of either of these teams, then you should do the same too.
But then, we always gotta root for somebody, right?
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