RUSS ON THE GRINDHOUSE
In an interview session with the media, Westbrook refused to acknowledge the Grizzlies' FedEx Forum by its menacing nickname “the Grindhouse.”
Memphis area TV sports anchor Jarvis Greer asked Westbrook a question about the Thunder road record, saying, “Your road record is one of the best in the NBA but talk a little bit specifically about playing here in the Grindhouse against this team.”
Westbrook's reply: “You said the FedExForum? That's the name of the arena, right?” Westbrook then went on to call it FedEx forum again — the arena's proper name.
PERKINS TAKES A SEAT
During a scramble in the second quarter, Mike Miller and Kendrick Perkins were battling for a loose ball, which eventually led to Perkins on top of Miller.
As Miller lay on the floor, Perkins stumbled into a seated position on Miller. And for a couple seconds, Perkins didn’t get up.
It provided maybe the strangest moment of a wild game.
KD WITH A FAN FROM ISRAEL
There weren’t many Thunder allies in FedEx Forum on Thursday night.
But among the minority was a dedicated Durant fan.
“K.D. We came from Israel to see you,” a sign read.
Game 4 is on Saturday night in Memphis. Tip is at 8:30 Oklahoma time on ESPN.