Well, that was fun.
How ’bout another?
The Thunder’s first-round playoff series against the Grizzlies was filled with more drama than anything on cable, much less the networks. So, it figured that the series would end with a Game 7. Saturday night. The Peake. Talk about drama.
But uncharacteristically for this series, the game was decided long before the end.
Thunder 120, Grizzlies 109.
Now, the Thunder moves on to the Western Conference semifinals for a series against either the Clippers or the Warriors. Game 7 of their series was late Saturday night, and it had not gone final at press time. But no matter who the Thunder gets, it is bound to be an up-and-down, high-scoring series.
More fun is on the way, Thunder fans.
“We will be ready,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “We’re looking forward to the next round.”
But first, this series against the Grizzlies deserves a fond farewell. Never before has the NBA Playoffs seen such drama. There were the four consecutive overtime games. That was a first in the long and storied history of the playoffs.
This series had unexpected contributors. Beno Udrih. Joey Crawford. Reggie Jackson. Mike Miller. Steven Adams. And then, it had some old familiar faces doing great things. Russell Westbrook. Marc Gasol. Kevin Durant. Zach Randolph.
Of course, Randolph was nowhere to be seen Saturday night. Friday afternoon, he was suspended by the NBA for punching Adams in the jaw during Game 6. The Grizzlies were suddenly without their leading scorer in the biggest game of the season.
“It was just a shock factor when we found out,” Memphis coach Dave Joerger said.