The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Thunder 103-97 in OT. Cool game. Grizzlies spent their time fighting to keep up and eventually overpowered the Thunder.
Thunder needed this game and started off in full control. They went up 7-0 before the Grizzlies made a push to tie things up. But then they went on another run and were up by 11 at the end of the first quarter. They went up 46-29 at one point. The Thunder got that lead with plenty of passing and hitting three pointers.
But you knew the Grizzlies were not ready to hibernate yet (and you thought I wasn’t able to make bad puns!). They made a little push and were down by 8 at the half. They did their damage from the free throw line. The Grizzlies spent their 3rd quarter just inching and inching back into the game. They tied things up at 72 and 74, and 76. Eventually took the lead with 8 minutes left in the 4th. Thunder took the lead back. Well, you get it; it was a lot of back and forth.
If there was a big reason why the Thunder lost, it was because Kevin Durant was cold. He was 2-12 in the fourth quarter and OT. To give him credit though, one of those shots he made was the shot that eventually sent the game to OT as he tied up the score.
And here we are. Game five is on Wednesday. Now, history tells us that the team that goes up 3-1 in a best of seven series usually wins the series. I had said the Grizzlies would win in six games. I still believe that. OKC still has a chance if only because of home court. Speaking of home court, the Grizzlies have not lost at home yet in the playoffs. They know all about that advantage. Anyway, the Thunder have two home games left vs the Grizzlies’ one. At this point, I see the Grizzlies losing game five and then keeping up their winning streak at home.
Ideally, no, you don’t want a series to go longer than you need it. Five should be enough. Durant had a bad game but he’s Kevin Durant and I doubt he’ll be that bad again, especially at home. And if the Grizzlies lose game five AND six? Well, I have to give it to the Thunder.
One thing I didn’t anticipate was how great the Thunder’s role players have been. Just about each game, somebody is stepping up. Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher have made key plays to try and combine their worth over the loss of Westbrook. I just wanted to say that.
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