#TWDSPORTS : NBA: Playoffs – Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – Semi-finals (Game 1)

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Game one of the NBA Western Conference semi-finals sees Memphis Grizzlies (56-26) tussle with Oklahoma City Thunder (60-22) tonight in the NBA Playoffs.

OKC Thunder defeated Houston Rockets 4-2 in the first round of the best of seven series; which has witnessed emerging guard Reggie Jackson forge a line of excellent showings in the absence of superstar Russell Westbrook. Serge Ibaka on the defensive end has been a force-field; leading amogst NBA playoff blocked shots with artform effort.

Team Stat Leaders

MEM
OKC
Points Z. Randolph 20.8 K. Durant 32.5
Rebounds Z. Randolph 8.0 S. Ibaka 8.3
Assists M. Conley 8.3 R. Westbrook 7.0
Steals T. Allen 2.2 R. Westbrook 3.0
Blocks M. Gasol 1.7 S. Ibaka 3.0

Memphis Grizzlies have a loaded frontcourt of talent that can hang with the best in the West – Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Tayshaun Prince – not to undermine their uniquely efficient backcourt pairing in one of the best one-on-one defenders in the NBA in Tony Allen, and talismatic, southapaw shooting point guard, Mike Conley, who has been phenomenal in his meteoric rise in becoming a respected starting point guard.

“They’re not just a one-man team. They’re a good team, and we have to go play and earn whatever we get in this series. I feel good about our team simply because where we’re at mentally and physically. We’re in good health and we’ve been playing pretty decent. That’s why I feel pretty good about my team’ commented Memphis Grizzlies head coach, Lionel Hollins.

Kevin Durant, even without Russell Westbrook inserted in the line-up, can mentally frustrate opposition with varieties of manoevers to score in the most unpredictable of methods when attacking the basket. Durant has a talent-laden cast alonside him to add offensive punch and big game playoff experience – specifically Kevin Martin, and Derek Fisher – who bring a dimensional edge tto OKC Thunder.

In addition, Jerryd Bayless and Quincy Pondexter, have been applicable role player off the bench in key stages for the Grizzlies. Oklahoma City Thunder are among favorites to reach the NBA finals, but Memphis Grizzlies are not just going to roll over for any team based on reptutation…just ask the Los Angeles Clippers.

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WRITTEN BY : Dean Perretta [ @Dean2185 ]

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