OKC Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant says Thunder-Grizzlies 'solid basketball'

The Western Conference semifinal between the Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies two seasons ago went seven games and was known for its physicality. Predictably, this year's series also has been physical.
by Jenni Carlson Published: May 10, 2013

BIG TURNOVERS

Collison had six fouls, four turnovers and zero points in 15:22 of playing time in Game 2. Perkins had six rebounds, four points, four fouls and three turnovers in 24:13.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks was particularly bothered by seven turnovers from bigs who rarely handle the ball on offense.

“That's not going to happen. Hopefully it doesn't happen again,” Brooks said. “That's a lot of turnovers for those guys. We ask them to make plays for us, catching the ball at the high-post area. Hopefully that's just a one-game thing and we can move on and not worry about that.”

TAKING POSSESSION

After playing Memphis to a 4-4 draw in second-chance points in a Game 1 victory, the Thunder was thrashed 23-6 in a Game 2 loss thanks to the Grizzlies collecting 16 offensive rebounds.

Many of those second chances came when OKC momentarily had a defensive rebound, but lost possession.

“It's going to be a tough, tough series,” Durant said. “If we do the small things, keeping the ball in our hands, rebounding the basketball, we put ourselves in good position.”

QUOTABLE

Fisher on forcing tempo against the Memphis defense more frequently: “We're at 50-percent pace coming up the court and against a team that is as good in the half-court defense as they are we have to get that ball up with pace, play faster. That doesn't mean we have to play reckless, but play with pace and allow Reggie and our guys to attack and be more aggressive.”

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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