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Despite severe flooding, Thunder-Grizzlies Game 3 is a go

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, Published: May 6, 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Despite severe flooding in the Memphis area, Game 3 of the Thunder-Grizzlies playoff series is scheduled to be played at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Mississippi River has spilled into areas surrounding the Grizzlies' downtown arena, forcing some residents in the city to evacuate. But a team spokesman said the game will indeed be played. The rising water has not affected the arena, the spokesman said, and it is not expected to pose a problem for traffic patterns to the arena.

The Thunder flew to Memphis on Friday afternoon following a morning practice in Oklahoma City.

“We are definitely aware of the possibility of flooding,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said before departing Oklahoma City. “We will just stay informed and make decisions as it goes on. But we're on our way there, and we'll see how it is once we get there.”

The river rose to 46.1 feet on Friday. It is expected to crest Wednesday at 48 feet and possibly even threaten the record 48.7 feet set in 1937.