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OKC Thunder: Thunder out to end Memphis' home dominance

For the Thunder to get out of this first-round series, it must now win at least once in an arena that the Grizzlies have won 14 straight.
by Anthony Slater Published: April 23, 2014

Oftentimes, in extended series, it’s not the star that burns an opponent, but rather the unexpected contributions of a role player.

For the Grizzlies, that was Beno Udrih’s season-high 14 points in Game 2. And for the Thunder, it might need to be a random guy in these next two road games.

But for Memphis coach Dave Joerger, preparation remains all about Durant and Westbrook.

“Everyone wants to know who the X-factor is,” Joerger said. “Look, it’s still about Durant and Westbrook.”


In the 14 Thunder-Grizzlies playoff games the past four seasons, there have been six overtime periods. Eight of the 14 games have been decided by six points or less and six by four points or less.

“If you like NBA or pro basketball it is fun to watch,” Joerger said of the matchup. “There’s a lot of stuff going on out there, a lot of performances.”


Kendrick Perkins with another way to combat Tony Allen’s aggressiveness: “(Durant) may not have 35 points, sometimes he may have to be a decoy and just have 15, then Serge will roll to the basket and get some dunks because Tony Allen gonna be scared to help. It ain’t all about getting KD off. If a guy is not going to help on the defensive end, it’ll leave another guy open. He’ll have to be a decoy.”