Berry Tramel: Hey, everyone. I’m up and running. So send in your questions and we’ll get started soon.
OKCRick: Do you plan to hit up Rendezvous for some barbeque ribs in Memphis this weekend? Any Beale Street festivities??
Berry Tramel: I’m no party animal. But I like Beale Street. I like BB King’s, which is a rib joint that also has live blues. I don’t mind Memphis too much.
The Joker: Off topic: you want a name for the college football playoff? Four Play…cue rim shot
Berry Tramel: I don’t think it has legs. Football Four is what I’m going with.
Jay: Do the Thunder bigs need to do the old tip in drill the rest of this week? Aside from KMart/CircleK disappearing, I thought the misses by the bigs and the lack of rebounding was an absolute killer
Berry Tramel: I don’t think the misses were any big deal. But the lack of defensive rebounding was awful. You can’t let Memphis have 21 second chances. 21! I thought those two possessions late in the second quarter were the biggest in the game, until the final two minutes. Memphis trails 49-45, OKC is shooting well, but in a four-possession span, the Grizzlies get a basket off a fourth chance and a basket off a third chance. That’s seven misses for Memphis in two possessions — but it came with four points and a 54-51 halftime lead.
Justin: Berry Trammel vs Kendrick Perkins 1 on 1. I take Berry.
Berry Tramel: He would crush me like a gnat. I wouldn’t score. Now, he would miss a few, but I wouldn’t score.
Gill: Let’s all celebrate Kendrick Perkins day. We get paid alot of money and do nothing at work. Oh wait we could set a screen around the coffee pot.
Berry Tramel: I don’t call holding Marc Gasol down doing nothing. Gasol had eight points while Perk was on the court. He had 16 points while Perk was on the bench. Even the rebounding wasn’t Gasol — he had two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds. Perk is doing his job on defense. But that offense is a stinker.
Thomas: Berry, Turnovers,Martin, Perkins, doomed the Thunder last night, Your thoughts, Thanks
Berry Tramel: You left out the No. 1 reason. Defensive rebounding. The Thunder allowed the Grizzlies 23 second-chance points. In Game 1, Memphis got four second-chance points. That’s what hurt the most. Even more than the turnovers. Martin’s got to shoot better. Perkins, you have to live with. He did last night what he almost always does, except for a turnover or two more.
Thunder: What’s the atmosphere like inside the Grizzlies arena FedEx Forum? Is it a more laid back non-confrontational vibe, or are the fans more of the rabid in your face loud right on top of the court type??? Just trying to figure how hard it’s gonna be to try to take a game or 2 there this weekend??
Berry Tramel: Let’s see. Haven’t been there since Game 6 of 2011. But it was rowdy, no doubt about it. It’s not that rowdy for the regular season, from what I hear, but they get worked up for the playoffs. I really don’t know how the Thunder will respond. I’d say the Thunder played as well in Houston as it did in OKC (post-Westbrook, of course). So maybe this show travels well. Who knows?
Gill: Thought once Grizz switched Tony Allen to Durant the last few minutes it worked well. I have a love hate relationship with Allen.
Berry Tramel: It did work. I think Lionel Hollins knows he can’t use Allen on Durant for long. Allen will go nuts or something, or at least get in foul trouble. It’s interesting. Playoff basketball is about trying out what works, then going from there. Remember Houston. The Rockets played big almost all of Game 1. Then didn’t play big again the rest of the series. Memphis trotted out Austin Daye to try to guard Durant. Then Hollins said, enough of that.
Gill: Thoughts on UN Jefferson, LAMDA LAMDA LAMDA president, coaching the Grizzlies? The revenge of the nerds actor and Lionel Hollins are look a likes
Berry Tramel: I don’t know anything about that, but I’ve grown tired of Hollins already.