Are your nerves shot, Thunder fans?
Getting low on your heart meds?
What about your sleep deprivation?
This playoff series against the Grizzlies is taking a toll on Thunder Nation. Another night, another overtime, another thriller.
Memphis 100, OKC 99.
With the loss, the Thunder faces a 3-2 series deficit and stands on the brink of elimination. It must win two consecutive games, the first of which comes in Memphis, or this series and this season is done.
This game was headed toward a Memphis blowout, and the Grizzlies were doing it with offense. Memphis, one of the lowest scoring teams in the entire league during the regular season, was shooting better than 65 percent at one point late in the first half.
The Grizzlies led by 12 points at halftime.
That was about the time that a Cox Cable outage throughout much of the Oklahoma City area affected the game telecast. It went out for much of the third quarter, and when the signal returned, things had only gotten worse.
The Thunder trailed by 18.
The Grizzlies’ lead grew to as many 20 points, but then the Thunder scored on seven consecutive possessions to end the third quarter, including four 3-pointers. During that stretch, the Thunder outscored the Grizzlies 18-4 to cut the lead to six points.
The Thunder run continued in the fourth quarter, and when all was said and done, OKC had outscored Memphis 27-6 and taken a 79-78 lead with a little under seven minutes left in regulation. From that point on, neither team led by more than two possessions.
And Memphis looked ready to salt the game away leading by two with only 10 seconds left, but Russell Westbrook picked the pocket of Grizzlies point guard Mike Miller and drove the length of the court for an uncontested dunk.
A last-second shot by the Grizzlies didn’t get off in time, and the game went to overtime.
And the drama wasn’t over. Trailing by one point with 2.9 seconds left, struggling Thunder superstar Kevin Durant shot a three that bounded off the rim and ended up in the hands of Serge Ibaka. He tipped it toward the basket, and it fell through as the buzzer sounded. The Peake erupted as Ibaka’s teammates mobbed him.
But an official review determined that the ball was still on Ibaka’s fingertips when time expired.
Game 6 will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in Memphis.
If only it started at noon.