B team: A. Hard to say anything bad about a bench that outscored Memphis' bench 53-27, Memphis' starters 53-45 and the Thunder starters 53-46. When Scotty Brooks played the five reserves together to open the second quarter, they held the game even for 5:14 before reinforcements arrived. Then when they started the fourth quarter, they blew open the game, to the point Memphis surrendered.
Kevin Durant's post-up game: A. Durant didn't post up much, but when he did, he was effective, in the first half against Sam Young and in the second half against Shane Battier. It's a good tonic for the perimeter defense the Grizzlies have been playing on Durant.
Kendrick Perkins' post-up game: D. Perkins' defense is invaluable, his attitude is contagious and his rebounding is underrated. But we've seen about enough of Perkins on the block with the ball. That's not working.
Front row east: B. Fans in the high-dollar seats were into the game; they returned from the lounges quickly after halftime. But former OSU Cowboy Joe Adkins, in his customary front-row seat, declined to wear the white T-shirt, sticking with his plaid button-up. Come on, Joe, be a sport.
Front row west: A. Who knows what kind of locker-room presence Nate Robinson provides, but give the little guy this. He rivals Rumble for the Thunder's biggest cheerleader. And early in the game, when the Thunder failed to score the first four minutes, Robinson gave talkative Grizzly Tony Allen an earful, a sign that the Thunder bench had fire from the start.
Immediate adjustments: D. The Grizzlies threw a curveball to start the game, putting Allen on Russell Westbrook and Young on Durant. The Thunder was slow to take advantage, failing to score in the first 3:55 and totaling just six points the first eight minutes of the quarter.
Eventual adjustments: B. The Thunder eventually found Durant enough to make Memphis pay for having Young guarding KD. And Allen's physicality proved to be better suited to slow Durant than Westbrook.
First-quarter ball security: D. Nine Thunder turnovers in the first quarter. The only salvation was that Memphis scored just eight points off those turnovers.
Rest-of-game ball security: A. The Thunder committed just eight turnovers the final three quarters.
Free-throw defense: A. The Grizzlies made 37 of 40 foul shots in Game 4 but just 14 of 23 (60.9 percent) in Game 5. And that's despite making six of its last seven. Yep, early in the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies were 8 of 16. On a night when baskets were hard to come by, the Grizzlies needed a stellar night at the line.