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Darnell Mayberry: Don't count Memphis out just yet

Here's today's transcript of the Power Lunch Chat with Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry, who answered a variety of questions pertaining to the Thunder-Grizzlies series.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: May 6, 2013 at 10:20 am •  Published: May 6, 2013

Here's today's transcript of the Power Lunch Chat with Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry, who answered a variety of questions pertaining to the Thunder-Grizzlies series.

Darnell Mayberry 11:03 a.m. Greetings, ladies and gents.
okc retro 11:04 a.m. what was the deal with Tony Allen? he was pacing the whole game. Isnt there a rule about sitting on the bench.
Darnell Mayberry 11:04 a.m. Not that I know of. As long as he's not obstructing play.
okie fan 11:04 a.m. So in the houston series sefalosha gets called for a line violation for talking during a free throw. When reggie was shooting, tony allen wouldnt stop talking to him. When is the NBA going to get consistent in the officating?
Darnell Mayberry 11:05 a.m. Are you sure about that?
Nick 11:05 a.m. What can Brooks do to get the starting 5 playing better together? The start of the first and second halfs are killing the Thunder.
Darnell Mayberry 11:05 a.m. Ibaka to me is the key. With Westbrook out, he's got to be a beast on both ends. If he does that it'll help immensely.
harry man 11:06 a.m. LUCKY sunday afternoon..LUCKY....predicting Memphis (blues) in 7 games....LUCKY sunday afternoon..thunder up fans
Darnell Mayberry 11:06 a.m. Of course this makes it much more likely the Thunder wins in four.
harry man 11:06 a.m. KD or shoot all the time durant can NOT carry this team every will need some HELP thunder up fans......LUCKY
Darnell Mayberry 11:06 a.m. He got plenty of help yesterday. Maybe not offensively. But he did defensively.
DJA 11:07 a.m. What adjustments do you see both teams making for game 2?
Darnell Mayberry 11:07 a.m. The Thunder played a great game. OKC just has to make shots. Memphis will try to take Kevin Martin out of the game more, and I anticipate Conley being more aggressive.
Sal 11:07 a.m. Why do you think that ibaka is struggling with his shot right now
Darnell Mayberry 11:08 a.m. It's been a long season. They've played 89 games. Can't be hot for all 89.
harry man 11:08 a.m. could darnell mayberry beat perkins one on one?
Darnell Mayberry 11:08 a.m. I wouldn't stand a chance.
Curious George 11:08 a.m. Curious..what's the story behind Serge kissing the ball during opponents' FTs? I don't think I've ever heard why he does it. Some refs seem to let him do it, others don't.
Darnell Mayberry 11:09 a.m. Not sure. I asked him a long time ago. I didn't really understand his answer. He said it's just something he does.
Sean NJ 11:09 a.m. Start Martin, bring Sef off the bench when "Thunder killer" Bayless checks in... Sef useless in starting lineup if he's just guarding Allen... right?
Darnell Mayberry 11:10 a.m. Sounds good in theory. No chance Scotty Brooks will do it.
Ashwin 11:10 a.m. If we play like we did yesterday, then I feel (considering we've got home court) we can overcome Grizzlies. Memphis don't score a lot. Yesterday after first quarter we were only trailing 16-14. Had that been Houston, it'd have been 28-14 considering our poor shooting. Thats one advantage of playing Memphis I guess. If Memphis keep sticking Prince on KD, I think he's gonna have games like he did yesterday throughout the series. What do you think?
Darnell Mayberry 11:13 a.m. I think people are reading too much into Memphis' poor start. The Grizzlies can score. They're not great. But not terrible. I think that first quarter was just tough on both teams. And don't forget, the Grizzlies lost the first two games to the Clippers in L.A. They then won the next four. So they're not worried. Losing this first game is nothing.
Eric 11:13 a.m. I feel like the flagrant foul call on Nick was bogus. Didn't think it was any more dangerous than Bayless shoving KMart in the back on that layup. If Martin falls to the floor after that push I imagine it would have been a flagrant.
Darnell Mayberry 11:14 a.m. I agree.
tom 11:14 a.m. What players have surprised you the most since Russ has gone out, both for good reasons and bad?
Darnell Mayberry 11:14 a.m. I'm surprised at how much Serge has struggled offensively. I thought he would be good for 15 points a night without Westbrook. I'm also surprised at Fisher stepping up on both ends. He's been fantastic.
Grant 11:14 a.m. What are the odds that Perkins is amnestied this offseason in your opinion?
Darnell Mayberry 11:16 a.m. Did you see my story yesterday? I think it's a 0.1 percent chance.
Sal 11:16 a.m. Why isnt Russell with the players on the bench
Darnell Mayberry 11:16 a.m. He's healing from knee surgery. You go have surgery on your leg and try to sit on a cramped bench for 2 1/2 to three hours and see how it treats you.
harry man 11:17 a.m. so your comment about getting beat by perkins tells harry man that daily oklahoman writer darnell mayberry is SLOWER that perkins...slow in a jump shot. fake dribble drive, posting up on him no way i could see you failing..but you must be very slow or not good at holding a basketball..LUCKY
Darnell Mayberry 11:17 a.m. It's basketball, not a race.
okie fan 11:17 a.m. are you questing my claim Sefalosha got a lane violation for talking? or the part about tony allen running his mouth the entire time? go back to the tapes. both happened
Darnell Mayberry 11:17 a.m. Sefolosha getting a lane violation for talking.
tom 11:17 a.m. Did Perk buy KD and Reggie dinner Sunday night? They came through and his horrible mental mistake on the in-bound is just a footnote.
Darnell Mayberry 11:18 a.m. Can't say.
harry man 11:18 a.m. indiana 1 game over New York...what happened in big apple
Darnell Mayberry 11:18 a.m. Defense happened.
George 11:18 a.m. We got the first one but almost everybody still says Grizzlies gonna get it, same as they did against LAC (win 4 games in a row) were we just lucky at first (besides Durant's amazing performance) or have a chance to beat Grizzlies 3 times more?
Darnell Mayberry 11:19 a.m. It'll be tough. A lot has to go right for the Thunder, including Durant being Superman at least three more times.
Brad 11:19 a.m. Could Orton get some playing time this series? Seems he has more offensive skills than Perk and Thabeet combined, and looks like he plays good defensively. Your thouhts? And does Lamb remain on the inactive roster the whole series?
Darnell Mayberry 11:20 a.m. He was inactive last series so Lamb could dress. Yesterday, Orton was dressed and Lamb was in street clothes. So you never know. But it'll probably take foul trouble for him to see the court.
Sean NJ 11:20 a.m. No chance at all... One more question: Emergence of Reggie Jackson and DeAndre Liggins making Kevin Martin expendable? Recent play may make him a high priced FA... Add Lamb too if he has this same growth has Jackson from Year 1 to 2
Darnell Mayberry 11:21 a.m. No chance at all...And, yes, between K-Mart's likely price tag, Jackson's emergence and Jeremy Lamb waiting in line, Martin has become expendable.
Phil 11:21 a.m. Reggie is gonna be a player. Long way to go, but can you see it?
Darnell Mayberry 11:21 a.m. Can I see it? You must be new to the program, huh, Phil?
okie fan 11:22 a.m. what is Austin Day's wing span?
Darnell Mayberry 11:22 a.m. Forever.
Nick 11:22 a.m. Why the sweater yesterday? It was like 140 degrees in the CHK Arena.
Darnell Mayberry 11:22 a.m. I'm cooler than a polar bear's toenail, Nick. What, you ain't know?
Don R. 11:22 a.m. What are some adjustments you believe that the Thunder can make to get the offense going at the beginning of the first and third quarters?
Darnell Mayberry 11:23 a.m. Run. Run. Run....
harry man 11:23 a.m. Really. it happened with not much time left reggie jackson fouls pondexter (have to hit all 3) LUCKY again for thunder up fans....and with just 1 second is all that Gasol needed to put in the last shot of the game and would have durant grab the ball would have been goal TENDING...LUCKY
Darnell Mayberry 11:23 a.m. Harry, generally I don't care for haters. But you might be the lone exception.
J.Lamb 11:23 a.m. What does Liggins brings to the table other than terrible offense and dumb fouls?
Darnell Mayberry 11:23 a.m. Speaking of haters.
Patrick 11:24 a.m. Will we see more Thabo on Conley?
Darnell Mayberry 11:24 a.m. I'm sure we will as the series goes on. But if Jackson can contain him that's just as good.
Ashwin 11:24 a.m. I feel like the series win vs Clippers has more to do with Clippers totally losing it more than anything else. Not saying Grizzlies weren't great. They really were. But Clippers won season series 3-1 and were looking superior in every way after first 2 games. Then completely lost the way. They didn't look the same team. Del Negro made some weird adjustments and didnt play Crawford at all in the elimination game.
Darnell Mayberry 11:26 a.m. And Blake was hurt...and CP was banged up...and...yes, I get it. But the Grizzlies made it tough on them to score and I suspect they'll do the same against the Thunder in this series. It could soon take its toll.
Guest 11:26 a.m. I was impressed with how many Thunder players made a big play within the last two minutes of the game.
hank 11:26 a.m. Why are the Thunder the only team in the nba who have left themselves without a big man capable of regular double doubles
Darnell Mayberry 11:27 a.m. Do some research. I highly doubt that's true. Heck, Ibaka is capable of regular double-doubles. So I know that's not true.
Don R. 11:27 a.m. Has Ibaka been instructed not to put the ball on the floor anymore? It seems this playoffs he's scoring off of a a jump shot or a offensive rebound
Darnell Mayberry 11:27 a.m. Story of his career, actually.
Rings 11:27 a.m. Have you apologized to Derek Fisher yet?
Darnell Mayberry 11:28 a.m. Apologized for what exactly? Writing that he missed 20-something straight shots during the regular season?
Eric 11:28 a.m. When Durant let that shot fly to take the lead with 11 seconds left, did you think there was any way it WASN'T going in? It just looked so pure. Was a little surprised he pulled up for a 20 footer, but when he let it go it was money.
Darnell Mayberry 11:29 a.m. Tayshaun Prince was backpedaling so much that it was the perfect decision by Durant.
tom 11:29 a.m. I was shocked at how many easy baskets OKC got on back cuts. Do you suspect just mental fatigue from the Grizzlies after a brutal series against the Clips? Or is there something in the offense that is creating these opportunities?
Darnell Mayberry 11:29 a.m. They're adjusting to playing a new team after six games against a different one. They'll have 48 hours to review and adjust. They will.
Justin 11:30 a.m. Any channe we could be so lucky and Brooklyn steals Brooks from us?
Darnell Mayberry 11:30 a.m. Funny. No.
Sal 11:30 a.m. I did have the same surgery, I was just wondering if there was another reason for it or it was because of comfort. Russell is an amazing players and I miss watching him. You didn't have to get so hateful.
Darnell Mayberry 11:31 a.m. Hateful? Hardly. If you've had the same surgery I would think you would know exactly why he's not sitting on the bench. He's watching from a suite inside the arena. His leg is still immobilized and he needs to be able to stretch it and get up and move every so often.
Jon 11:31 a.m. Was kd mad at you yesterday during the interview denying your question? Lol
Darnell Mayberry 11:31 a.m. Nah.
Brett 11:31 a.m. Durant's 3-ball has turned horrible in the post-season (27%). What is the best way to get him going from deep again? Reggie driving harder into the lane for kick-outs?
Darnell Mayberry 11:32 a.m. It's been seven games. I wouldn't worry about it.
harry man 11:32 a.m. LUCKY
Darnell Mayberry 11:32 a.m. HATER
Phil 11:32 a.m. hey I am a longtime Sonic /now Thunder fan....get will soon Westbrook...
Darnell Mayberry 11:32 a.m. Thanks for joining us Phil.
hank 11:32 a.m. Why do both Perkins and ibaka seem incapable of catching a basketball
Darnell Mayberry 11:33 a.m. Some big men just can't catch cleanly.
Sean NJ 11:33 a.m. Ok this is too fun, gotta ask one more before my lunch break: Dwight Howard will be playing for the ________ next season. (gut feeling)
Darnell Mayberry 11:33 a.m. Lakers
okie fan 11:33 a.m. are you still against Fisher getting playing time or have you jumped off that bandwagon?
Darnell Mayberry 11:34 a.m. Uh, with Westbrook out the Thunder has no choice. And I was never against him getting playing time. I was against him getting playing time over Reggie Jackson.
Ashwin 11:34 a.m. I feel if we contain Conley like we did yesterday, whether we put Thabo or Fisher on him, then it would surely give us a great chance of progressing from this series.
Darnell Mayberry 11:35 a.m. Agreed. But the two big men and Bayless still need to be held in check. And don't sleep on Tony Allen's ability to make hustle plays.
martinh 11:35 a.m. any insight on how Perk's benching in game 6 vs Houston (and overall low minutes that series) went over?
Darnell Mayberry 11:35 a.m. I'm sure he didn't like it. But the team won and advanced. So there's nothing he can say about it.
Derek Fisher 11:35 a.m. Apology accepted
Darnell Mayberry 11:35 a.m. Haha. OK.
@LifeOfJuanTwo 11:36 a.m. more Sefolosha on Conley as Conley gets going?
Darnell Mayberry 11:36 a.m. Asked and answered...but yes.
Nate 11:36 a.m. Did yesterday leave you feeling Good about the thunders chances of advancing? I think they are starting to hit more of a groove after adjusting to the loss of Westbrook.
Darnell Mayberry 11:36 a.m. No. It's just one game. K-Mart needs to prove he can play like he did yesterday consistently. I'm still not so sure.
Bob 11:36 a.m. Was there any explanation why Bayless wasn't in at the end for Memphis when they were down?
Darnell Mayberry 11:37 a.m. No. Most of the questions to Hollins were about why Tony Allen wasn't in.
Patrick 11:37 a.m. Grizz don't have anyone that can guard Durant, OKC has 3 guys to guard Gasol/Randolph. Could that decide the series?
Darnell Mayberry 11:37 a.m. It might.
Jerry 11:37 a.m. Can Chicago win any games from the Heat? Or Indiana?
Darnell Mayberry 11:38 a.m. Bulls might get one. But I can't see more than that.
martinh 11:39 a.m. Do you think Reggie's emergence gives Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones some confidence in the organization going forward? i'm sure this year was hard for them.
Darnell Mayberry 11:40 a.m. It might. But they've still got to perform when they get on the court.
hank 11:40 a.m. Kd's 3 pt % is going to logically drop considering he either has to create his own shot each possession or catch a double team and kick out. It's not like he's standing behind the arch ready to fire like he could with Westbrook out there.
Darnell Mayberry 11:40 a.m. Good point.
LEAH 11:41 a.m. perkins and ibaka have both gotten a lot better at catching the ball under the basket, it's on of the reasons Russ/KD assists have gone up. everyone wanted to blame Russ for so few assists, but it wasn't always his fault.
Darnell Mayberry 11:41 a.m. They're still not great. They've got to get better.
Eric 11:42 a.m. My wife says the team should hand out yellow towels next game (instead of the normal white ones) so you can't tell where the Memphis fans are. Would be kinda funny
Darnell Mayberry 11:42 a.m. I don't agree.
Ashwin 11:43 a.m. Hollins may have said he can no longer put Allen on KD as Durant is older now. But I think if Scott Brooks had called a timeout before KD scored the go-ahead jumper, Hollins would've brought in Tony Allen for the final possession.
Darnell Mayberry 11:43 a.m. Possibly.
Darnell Mayberry 11:44 a.m. Thanks everybody.
by Darnell Mayberry
Assist Editor/ NBA Coordinator
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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