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.
“Everybody's going to be there,” Kevin Durant said. “They're going to have T-shirts. They're going to be swinging towels. It's the playoffs. It's going to be hostile, but we've been there before."
Memphis’ current home streak – a franchise record – includes wins over the Heat, Clippers, Pacers and Blazers.
The Thunder is 1-4 all-time in the playoffs in Memphis, with the lone win coming in triple overtime.
“It's a long series,” Durant said. “We lost a game at home. Just because we're going on the road it's not guaranteed the home team wins. So if we play our game and eliminate the mistakes that we put on ourselves, then we should be all right."
LEE WANTS MORE WESTBROOK SHOTS
More Russell Westbrook is A-OK with Memphis Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee.
Lee said he's just fine with Westbrook taking more shots for the Thunder in their Western Conference series. It's better than the alternative — aka Kevin Durant.
"We're fine with Westbrook taking shots," Lee told a Memphis radio station. "I mean, that's kinda what you want — the more shots he takes, the less Durant takes."
Westbrook and Durant each attempted 28 shots in the Thunder's 111-105 loss to Memphis on Monday, with Westbrook hitting 11 shots to Durant's 12.