Even in the face of the two-star onslaught and the void of Randolph, the Grizzlies didn’t go away. Climbed back within 78-69 midway through the third quarter. Within 87-76 late third quarter. Playing a more uptempo style than they’ve ever played, Memphis persevered. Not until the fourth quarter did the Grizzlies wither.
“We knew going into the series that by the seeding they were seventh, but they were as good as any team in the West,” Scotty Brooks said. “They grind you out. They pound the ball and they just keep coming at you with their physicality.”
Memphis is a team that looks awfully good in the rearview mirror. The Grizzlies test your manhood. They are nothing like whatever awaits in the next round, Clippers or Warriors, but if you survive Memphis, you know you’re tough yourself.
The Thunder is tough. And when Durant and Westbrook play like this, they are more than tough. They are unbeatable.
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