One of OKC's most impressive statistics the past three seasons is its “bounce-back” record.
Since the 2010-11 season, the Thunder is 44-10 (.815) coming off a regular-season loss. Only Chicago has a better record at 46-8 (.852).
In that time span, OKC's longest losing streak has been three games, and it's happened only twice.
Bounce-back records of other notable franchises the last three seasons: San Antonio is 35-13 (.729); Miami is 35-20 (.636) and the Los Angeles Lakers are 42-38 (.525), including 9-15 this season.
Coming off Sunday's loss to the Lakers at Staples Center, the Thunder will try to improve its bounce-back record to 45-10 with a victory against Memphis at 7 p.m. Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
OKC and Memphis should both be well-rested for Thursday's contest.
The Thunder (34-11) will be coming off three days' rest, which included no formal practices on Monday and Tuesday.
The Grizzlies (29-15) won at Philadelphia on Monday night and will have two days' rest.
This will be the second meeting this season between Memphis and OKC.
The Grizzlies posted a convincing 107-97 victory at The Peake on Nov. 14, which was part of Memphis' 8-1 start to the season.
The Thunder is 9-7 all-time against the Grizzlies in the regular season.
Memphis has received numerous trade offers for former All-Star forward Rudy Gay.
Toronto is said to be the most persistent suitor, offering point guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis in exchange for Gay. The Raptors also covet forward Darrell Arthur.
Last week, the Grizzlies dumped salary by trading Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a protected future first-round pick to Cleveland for Jon Leuer.
The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.
Since starting this season 18-6, the Grizzlies have gone 11-9. … Four-time All-Star Kevin Durant continues to lead the league in scoring at 29.6 points per game, followed by Carmelo Anthony (29.4) and Kobe Bryant (28.7). … Durant has passed teammate Kevin Martin to take the NBA lead in free-throw percentage at .912. Martin is second at .908. OKC leads the league at .836.
Memphis coach Lionel Hollins on whether Thunder vs. Grizzlies has become a rivalry: “Great competition, that's all it is. Doesn't matter whether it's this series or another series. It's a basketball competition. Fans come to see players do their thing, go out there and compete against each other at the highest level and battle till the end. Obviously somebody's got to win, somebody's got to lose. Competition is really what's special about it.”