Bayless even banked in a three-quarters court, one-handed shot just after the third quarter buzzer.
I could live with Durant’s off shooting night. It happens. And he didn’t get much help, from teammates or the “offense that will take care of itself.” But Durant did way too much complaining tonight. Even if most of it was warranted, he should have let it go. This was a closeout game, a game in which his teammates, more than perhaps any other game, were going to follow his lead. But his body language was bad from the start. After the first few calls didn’t go his way Durant seemed to be mentally fazed. He’s got to turn that frustration into a positive. He didn’t tonight.
Memphis’ first turnover came on a Tayshaun Prince traveling violation with 5:25 left in the first half. It’s amazing how good Memphis is at taking care of the ball. The Grizzlies finished with just 10 turnovers, which led to only nine points for the Thunder.
The Grizzlies scored 22 points off 14 Thunder turnovers.
Ibaka started this game 4-for-6. Earlier in the third quarter, he was 4-for-12. He finished 8-for-17.
Jackson’s stat line: 16 points, 7-for-15 shooting, nine rebounds, five assists, zero turnovers, 42 minutes. Say hello to your new sixth man, Oklahoma.
Tony Allen threw a T-shirt at Fisher to distract him while Fish was attempting a 3 in front of the Grizzlies bench. It was one of the most bizarre plays you’ll ever see. Fish missed the shot, but I guess there’s a rule that awards the basket on such boneheaded actions. And because Allen was T’d up, the trip ended in a four-point play.
Memphis coach Lionel Hollins on what he said to Allen after the shirt toss: “The same thing I said to him when he didn’t block out Durant on a shot, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ That was huge. They counted the three points and then they got a free throw. That’s a four-point play and from that point on I think we scored four more points in the quarter.”
Thabo Sefolosha made nearly 42 percent of his 3-pointers this season. He was 2-for-10 from downtown in this series.
Mike Conley is fantastic. One of the most underrated players in the league. He’s not a top five point guard.
The Thunder needs some toughness. Westbrook is by far the fiercest, nastiest, meanest player on the roster. Everybody else is too nice. There’s no edge to this team. OKC is either going to out-athlete you or outscore you. But next year’s team needs some nasty. I’m looking at you, Ronny Turiaf. Find a way, Sam Presti, to lure Reggie Evans from Brooklyn. Rebounds and toughness. The Thunder’s got to have it.
Exit interviews are coming up Thursday and Friday. Here’s hoping K-Mart doesn’t tell us how much he’s willing to sacrifice to remain here before signing somewhere for $8 mil per in August.