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Nuggets from my notebook from Game 2 against the Grizzlies

by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 22, 2014

We’ve got a series…

  • Why wouldn’t Memphis have Tony Allen on Kevin Durant every second of every game the rest of this series? Any second that Allen is on the bench with Durant in the game is a waste of time.
  • Allen played some of the best defense on Durant that I’ve seen in a long, long time. He hounded him all night. Bodied him in the post. Chased him on screens. Contested his shots. Blew up entry passes. It was impressive.
  • Durant finished with a game-high 36 points, perhaps the most misleading stat of the night. Twenty of those came in  the fourth quarter and overtime. Through three quarters, KD had 16 points on 18 shots. The Tony Allen effect.
  • Allen: “It’s just a competition at the end of the day. It ain’t about me. It’s about the Grizzlies coming in here basically playing grit-and-grind basketball and holding our hats on the defensive end. We got schemes that we tried to take advantage of on the defensive end. All we could do is hope for the best when he shoots it as far as making him miss.”
  • Scott Brooks on Memphis’ defense on Durant: “We have to do a better job of getting their hands off  him. That’s one of the things that we talk about. We have to have better set-ups and better screens and some better looks.”
  • The Thunder’s offense was no good in this one, and it’s defense might have been even worse.
  • This is the second game of the first round and the same offensive warts that have been a part of the Thunder for years already popped up. Settling. No sets. No structure. No ball movement. Turnovers. Poor decisions. The works.
  • Even when the Thunder ran a play things went south. Russell Westbrook was called for an illegal screen trying to free Durant. Serge Ibaka got busted for traveling. Just that kind of night perhaps.
  • If the Thunder played any defense tonight, this game could have turned out drastically different. But because OKC didn’t, it never gave itself much of a chance to make up for a off night offensively.
  • Mike Conley and Beno Udrih did whatever they wanted.
  • When Nick Calathes’ suspension was announced my first thought was ‘what is Tamoxifen?’ My second thought was ‘man, the Grizzlies got a break. Beno Udrih is better than Calathes.’ That didn’t show in Game 1. But we saw it tonight.
  • The Thunder’s bench was outscored 33-14…on the day that I write how much deeper OKC is. Not a good performance by the Thunder’s reserves.
  • Reggie Jackson followed his great Game 1 with a two-point, 0-for-5 shooting performance in Game 2. His first and only points came with 9:52 left in the fourth quarter. They came on free throws. That can’t happen. He’s got to be the guy to make up for off nights by Durant and Westbrook. If he doesn’t, it’s a struggle.
  • Ibaka was good. He finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots. He had some momentum-changing blocks in the second quarter.
  • Ibaka has more blocks through two games (nine) than the Grizzlies’ entire team (seven).
  • OKC started the game missing 10 of its first 12 shots and fell into a 10-point hole in the first quarter.
  • Kendrick Perkins’ defense on Zach Randolph was the best defense the Thunder played all night.
  • Thabo Sefolosha needs to be on Mike Conley more. Much more.
  • Felt like the Thunder was going to win this one after Durant’s miraculous four-point play and Perk’s game-tying putback. There was only one problem as overtime began: the Thunder still didn’t have an answer for Allen’s defense on Durant.
  • Durant took six of the Thunder’s eight shots in overtime. And scored all six Thunder points. Westbrook took the other two. Zach Randolph took six of the Grizzlies’ eight overtime shots. Mike Conley and Courtney Lee took the other two.
  • This was a horribly officiated game. For both teams.
  • Mike Miller took more than five seconds before calling timeout on that inbounds pass. If that call is made, Conley doesn’t get one of two free throws and we could be talking about Perk’s layup right now as the game-winner.
  • Instead…
  • Up next: Game 3 on Thursday.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
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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