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Thunder-Grizzlies Game 2 Report Card: High marks for the bench, Nick Collison and a fan's half-court shot

By Berry Tramel Modified: May 4, 2011 at 1:00 am •  Published: May 4, 2011
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Lineup juggling: A. Early foul trouble — Nick Collison, Kendrick Perkins and Durant all had two in the first quarter — had Scotty Brooks scrambling. Then Serge Ibaka's second-quarter knee injury further complicated things. But Brooks mixed and matched enough to get to halftime with a 54-44 lead.

Community spirit: B. Almost everyone in the building wore the royal blue T-shirts that awaited on every seat. Durant's mom (OSU orange) and grandmother (Nebraska red) were notable exceptions, but Durant himself made up for it. He wore one of the T-shirts while sitting much of the fourth quarter.

Defensive rebounding: B. The Grizzlies had 13 offensive rebounds, but six came after the Thunder spurted to a 16-point lead with 8:53 left, and four came on one possession in the second quarter.

Nick Collison: A. Fabulous job of guarding Zach Randolph, who went 12-of-22 from the field in Game 1 but was 2-of-13 in Game 2. Collison, called on for more duty with Ibaka's injury, shoved Randolph further from the basket, and Randolph's shots not only missed, they missed badly.

By Berry Tramel


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