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Thunder Game 5 report card: B team gets an ‘A'; OKC adjusts slowly

By Berry Tramel Published: May 12, 2011
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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.


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