Thunder forward Serge Ibaka returned to practice Friday and will start Game 3 on Saturday at FedExForum in Memphis. Tipoff is at 4 p.m.
"He's feeling much better," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of Ibaka, who suffered a sprained left ankle late in Game 2 against the Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Arena.
Ibaka also bumped knees in Tuesday's contest and has recovered from that injury.
The Memphis Grizzlies camp is stressing better spacing in Game 3 to give their impressive frontcourt of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol more room to roam.
"We're going to do what we've tried do all year, really just contain the basketball, keep the basketball away from the basket, and close out to their shooters," Brooks said when asked about the Grizzlies' game plan. "However they play, we will adjust accordingly. We're really more concerned about how we play and the type of energy, effort and execution we put it on the floor.
"All coaches are concerned with spacing, and I'm no different. When we're good offensively, the floor is spaced, the ball is moving, the shots are easier to come by. Our job is not to allow those things to happen (defensively)."
OH MY, MAYNOR
Thunder reserve point guard Eric Maynor surprised Memphis coach Lionel Hollins by shooting 3 for 4 from 3-point range in Game 2.
Maynor is 6 for 15 from beyond the arc this postseason, compared to 1 for 6 in last's year's playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers. In the 28 regular-season games after the All-Star break, Maynor made 42.3 percent of his 3-pointers.
"He worked on it all summer. He's a hard worker. He's consistent with it every day, and it's starting to pay off for him," All-Star Kevin Durant said of Maynor. "This whole season, he's been knocking down that 3-ball. One of his things last year was he would pass up wide open 3s. The coaches told him throughout the summer to work on that because he's going to get a lot of opportunities. And he's making them for us. So we really depend on him to make those wide open 3s, especially with the clock running down."
Following the Thunder's 111-102 victory in Game 2, Hollins said: "They were just more aggressive tonight. It was a classic, desperate, more aggressive team and the desperate team usually wins. They were the desperate team in their play, which was a sense of urgency and aggressiveness."
Was OKC desperate, trailing 1-0 in the series?
"Desperate? Maybe," Brooks said. "Maybe not quite desperate, but I thought we had urgency to play better, play tougher and we showed that right from the opening tap, which was important."
As for the urgency of Game 3: "We have a little bit more motivation knowing we could have left our home court (ahead) 2-0, but instead we split," Durant said. "So we got a little bit more motivation to try to go in there and do what they did against us, beat us on our home floor. Guys are really amped up. We're excited and anxious."
The Grizzlies have planned a white-out at FedExForum on Saturday. Fans will receive a white "Believe Memphis" T-shirt presented in part by Sonic Drive-Ins, which is headquartered in Oklahoma City.
Fans also will receive a gold Growl Towel.
Sonic is a sponsor of several pro teams, including the Milwaukee Bucks, with signage around the Bradley Center. It is not a sponsor of the Thunder.
"We are extremely proud and appreciative of our loyal corporate partners who support the Thunder throughout the regular season and playoffs," Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney said in a statement.
OFF THE MARKET
Durant closed on a 3,460-square-foot home in Gaillardia last month for $1.8 million. Former Thunder forward Desmond Mason and his wife Andrea recently purchased a 5,265-square-foot home in Nichols Hills for $1 million.
"They're like this pot of stew that has a lot of ingredients that are just starting to get seasoned real well, so they're an exciting team to watch." – Hall of Famer Bob Lanier on the Thunder.