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OKC Thunder: Thunder prepare for another playoff clash with Grizzlies

OKC faces the same Memphis Grizzlies team that knocked it out of last season’s playoffs, starting with an 8:30 p.m. tip Saturday in The Peake.
by Anthony Slater Published: April 16, 2014

And a team that’s been far better with Marc Gasol in the lineup. Memphis was 40-19 with their game-changing center this season and 10-23 without him.

Right now, he’s healthy and the Grizzlies are playing well, winning 18 of their last 25 games and capturing 14 consecutive at home to end the season.

“They’re great in the halfcourt and that’s what playoff basketball is about,” Caron Butler said. “They can get in transition and cause problems with (Mike) Conley.”

The Thunder, though, cause problems, too. But Memphis has some solid counters.

Westbrook is a nightmare for anyone, but Conley can be a defensive pest.

Durant is playing the best offensive basketball in the world, but the last time we saw him in a series against Memphis, he looked a bit bewildered.

Without Westbrook, Durant struggled to fight through the physical and frantic Grizzlies defense, led by Tony Allen.

But this time Durant will have Westbrook. And this time the Thunder will be looking for payback.

“Memphis put us out,” Westbrook said. “Now it’s our turn to come back.”

“Now that we healthy,” Kendrick Perkins said. “We get a chance to get a little get back.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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