Zach Randolph and Kendrick Perkins jawed at each other.
Marc Gasol hit tough shots. Kevin Durant hit more.
And all the while, The Peake shook.
Dave Joerger would probably say that was because of the volume of the music. The Memphis coach asked, then all but begged for the music to be turned down because, as he said, he couldn't hear squat.
His verbiage was a bit more colorful, by the way.
It's always something when these two teams get together, isn't it?
After an entertaining 86-77 Oklahoma City win on Monday night, can we sign up now for another Thunder-Grizzlies playoff series?
I mean, as long as you like your playoffs filled with intrigue, pressure, drama and the occasional overtime game.
These teams hooked it up two of the past three years in the postseason, and they have been nothing but interesting series'. The Grizzlies triumphed last season when the Thunder was playing without Russell Westbrook, and the Thunder won a rock-'em, sock-'em, seven-game series against the Grizzlies in 2011.
With the Thunder atop of the West Conference standings and the Grizzlies battling for the eighth spot, there's a great chance they could meet up again in the spring.
And the crazy thing is, these teams would look nothing like they did Monday night.
Both squads are battling injuries. Russell Westbrook's knee travails are well-documented in these parts, of course, but the Grizzlies played Monday without starting point guard Mike Conley, defensive pest Tony Allen and versatile swingman Quincy Pondexter. Conley sprained his ankle Friday and is out at least a week. Allen is coming back from a ligament injury in his hand. And Pondexter is out for the year with a foot fracture.
Add to the equation that Memphis big man Gasol is only recently back from a sprained knee ligament, and you can see that this Grizzlies squad is not the team that it will be in March or April.
But add Westbrook back to the mix and this Thunder bunch will be better, too.
Still, even with both teams undermanned, Monday was a knock down, drag out of a ball game.
“Feels like we play each week,” Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson said. “They beat you up. They play physical. They play their grind-it-out basketball and do well at it. It's just a great competitive matchup every time we meet.”
But here's an interesting twist to what we saw Monday night. While the Thunder's strength on the perimeter showed — Durant had another 30-plus point performance while Jackson, Thabo Sefolosha, Jeremy Lamb and Derek Fisher combined for an additional 26 points — the Thunder's interior players more than managed the Grizzlies' bigs. Randolph and Gasol managed only 26 points combined on 11 of 26 shooting.
The Grizzlies shot only 39.5 percent as a team as the Thunder blocked nine shots.
Perkins and Serge Ibaka were stout. Ditto for Nick Collison and Steven Adams.
Even though Adams is a newbie, he already gets what the Grizzlies are all about. In the locker room after the game, he was getting razzed for the massive workmanlike boots he was wearing.
“I had to put on my work boots for Memphis,” he said.
The Thunder brought their hard hats and lunch pails Monday night.
Best do the same if the Grizzlies make their way back to The Peake in the playoffs.
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