Following another Grizzlies win and another inefficient performance by Durant, Tony Allen was asked if he had the blueprint to stopping the league’s best scorer.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a blueprint on him,” Allen said. “I’ve been competing with elites my career. I look at a guy like Paul Pierce who I came up under, just watching him and seeing what he do.
“I felt the first day I got in this league, if I could stick (Pierce), I could stick about just about anybody in this league.”
Allen has a history of slowing down some of the world’s best scorers. Perkins recalled Allen’s defensive performance on a certain Hall of Famer in the 2008 Finals when they played together in Boston.
“He came in and gave Kobe Bryant the blues for his defensive effort,” Perkins said. “He’s a guy that’s going to come in and provide a lot of energy.”
The on-court play in this Thunder-Grizzlies series has provided more than enough drama. But the off-court fashion show has only added to the intrigue.
Durant and, particularly, Westbrook are known for their off-the-wall fashion choices, with the Thunder’s eccentric point guard wearing all-red after Game 1 and all-teal after Game 2.
But Mike Conley has been up to the challenge in this series, rocking a similar red look for Game 1 and a strange-looking top hat after Game 3, which he revealed was made out of wood.
“Yeah, it’s actual wood,” Conley said. “My guy…had to talk me into wearing it. It’s the same stuff that made out my bow-tie, my bow-tie I wore last year, the wooden one.”
“We won with it,” Conley joked. “Might have to wear it again.
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The Thunder is now 0-5 in Game 3’s when the series is tied 1-1, including 0-3 against Memphis. During those previous four series, the Thunder has only gone on to win once, against Memphis back in 2011.
Serge Ibaka on the physical nature of this series: “The same way they make us work hard, we make them work hard, too. After the game, you finish the game, my body’s sore. They feel the same, too.”