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  1. As we all expected, Thunder needed Nick Collison to win

    May 15, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Nick Collison…. Like the old Sesame Street game and song, “One of these things is not like the others.” Collison may look out of place among those elite scorers, he averaged 21 minutes a game off the bench for the Thunder this past season. The classic veteran role players.…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Durant + Defense = Date with Dallas for Thunder

    May 15, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Seven

    No doubt, Kevin Durant was special Sunday. In the biggest game of his NBA career he remained undaunted through a slow start and hit 11 of his last 16 shots on his way to 39 points. He played smart, used back-door cuts to get easy baskets, and once he got rolling everything fell. But that’s…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Does Durant dominate Game 7 for Thunder?

    May 15, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Kevin Durant has played on big stages before. Just this past summer he led Team USA to gold in the World Championships for example. But his first ever NBA Game 7 is maybe his biggest stage yet, and if the Thunder are going to advance they need more out of him. With Tony Allen and…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Determined Grizzlies won’t go quietly

    May 14, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    O.J. Mayo, Zach Randolph, and Marc Gasol celebrate after the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Oklahoma Thunder in Memphis

    From Games 2 through 5, Oklahoma City had kept the force of nature that can be Zach Randolph in check. They had packed the lane, threw multiple long defenders at him and never let him get comfortable. He shot just 32 percent in those four games. But it all changed Friday night, starting with Grizzlies coach Lionel…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Memphis tries to prove Game 5 was a fluke

    May 13, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Like the have not before these playoffs, the Oklahoma City Thunder asserted themselves in Game 5. They dominated the Memphis Grizzlies. Controlled the game from the middle of the second quarter on. Held Zach Randolph to 9 points. Thumped the tired Grizzlies good. Was that a one game fluke, or have the Thunder arrived? If…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Will Grizzlies, Thunder players have anything left?

    May 11, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook drives to the basket by Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol and Shane Battier in Memphis

    Game 4 between the Grizzlies and Thunder was exhausting. For me, as a fan, sitting on a couch. I can’t imagine what it took out of the players. And for a crucial Game 5 with the series tied 2-2, that is where the questions start — who is going to have the most energy? Mental…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Thunder try to avoid another breakdown

    May 9, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Oklahoma City was in control. They had Game 3. Russell Westbrook was dishing (he had 12 assists) and the Thunder were rolling. They were controlling the Grizzlies in the paint enough to get the win. But when Westbrook starts to do his Derrick Rose impression, the Thunder’s offensive balance falls apart. Memphis upped its defensive…

  8. Serge Ibaka returns to practice, will be a go Saturday

    May 6, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Not that you expected Serge Ibaka to sit out — the league gave him and the Thunder a long break between games — but we thought we’d make it official. Ibaka participated with the Thunder on Thursday and is a go for Game 3 against Memphis on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Ibaka tweaked…

  9. Battier spent part of Friday stuck in an elevator. Tweeting.

    May 6, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    We can apparently knock claustrophobia off the list of things that bother Shane Battier. He was stuck in an elevator in his Memphis apartment building for nearly half an hour Friday afternoon, waiting for the Fire Department to get him out. He was leaving trying to get to practice, according to the Associated Press. So,…

  10. NBA Playoffs: The Thunder bounce back

    May 4, 2011, 3:59 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    The Thunder needed a win on Tuesday night, and they got one, 111-102 over the Grizzlies. The Thunder got out to an early lead against the Grizzlies and never looked back, and were able to prevent themselves from having to go into Memphis facing an 0-2 deficit. The key to the game was the Thunder’s…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Russell Westbrook must find his groove. Fast.

    May 3, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Memphis has become something of a mythological team. Beating them suddenly sounds like a task of Herculean proportions, where one must battle a seven-headed hydra and Zach Randolph. Nobody — not even the legendary Tim Duncan — could slay the beast. But the Oklahoma City Thunder are supposed to have the tools. They are supposed…

  12. Durant thinks Zach Randolph is the best. Randolph agrees.

    May 2, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    There was a lot of Zach Randolph love after he tore up the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday just like he had done the San Antonio Spurs the weeks before. (Maybe that Duncan guy isn’t so old…) Randolph was the expected monster inside, but he also was 5-of-8 from the midrange — he (and Marc Gasol)…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Where is Memphis going to get its offense now?

    May 1, 2011, 8:04 AM EDT

    Thunder's Durant gets a pat on the head from teammate Perkins after their Western Conference NBA basketball playoffs against the Nuggets in Oklahoma City

    Memphis was impressive in knocking off the Spurs. Make no mistake, they found their mismatch and exploited it — they pounded the Spurs inside, which opened up chances elsewhere. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol were beasts the Spurs could not stop. Memphis, now meet Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka. Oklahoma City brings a serious front…

  14. Western Conference Round 2 Playoff Preview: Thunder vs. Grizzlies

    Apr 30, 2011, 3:22 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Five

    SEASON RECORDS Thunder: 55-27 (No. 4 seed) Grizzlies: 46-36 (No. 8 seed) SEASON SERIES Memphis 3-1, however none of those games took place after Kendrick Perkins was part of the Thunder lineup. PLAYOFF SERIES: Oklahoma City defeated Denver 4-1 Memphis defeated San Antonio 4-2 SERIES SCHEDULE (times Eastern) Game 1 – Sun May 1 at…

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