“They were absolutely remarkable defensively — plus-11 rebounds, 11 blocks, 7 rebounds,” she said on the postgame show. “This is part of the reason why the Grizzlies shot 37 percent in this game.”
Game analyst Grant Long said Durant appeared more confident at the start. “He was very decisive. He was not looking over his shoulder, trying to figure out where the defense was coming from.”
Radio voice Matt Pinto credited the insertion of Caron Butler into the offensive lineup for helping Durant get more breathing room on offense. “It helped flatten out Memphis’ defense,” he said.
*At halftime, TNT’s Kenny Smith referred to Westbrook as “the great eraser,” noting Westbrook was out of position on the dunk after the KD miss. “You live with some of his bad mental responsibility because he makes it up with his athleticism and effort.”
*TNT’s Charles Barkley said Westbrook still shoots too much, needing to keep his shots to 10 to 20 a game and maybe 22 if he’s hot. “He’s so athletic. He can get a shot any time he wants. He doesn’t even realize he’s a point guard.”