Thunder-Grizzlies: Grading Oklahoma City's 111-105 overtime loss to Memphis

REPORT CARD — Beno Udrih, not Tony Allen, was the cause for the Thunder’s lowest grades in Game 2.
by Berry Tramel Published: April 21, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson (15) tries to get around Memphis' Beno Udrih (19), Marc Gasol (33), and Ed Davis (32) during Game 2 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 21, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson (15) tries to get around Memphis' Beno Udrih (19), Marc Gasol (33), and Ed Davis (32) during Game 2 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 21, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Bear wrestling: C. Zach Randolph started slow but warmed up, which could be harmful to the Thunder’s future health. Randolph made just one of his first five shots but made nine of 15 the rest of the way. Kendrick Perkins often pushed Randolph away from the basket, but Randolph made several long jumpers and finished with 25 points. Marc Gasol was not as efficient, making just six of 15 shots with no offensive rebounds.

Ball security: A. Turnovers are becoming less and less prevalent. The Thunder had just six turnovers in regulation, after committing an acceptable 13 in Game 1. Against Memphis’ stiff defense, the Thunder needs all the shots it can get.

Officiating: B. Referees Ron Garretson, Sean Wright and Mike Callahan called the game, two days after they called the foul-marred Warriors-Clippers Game 1. The NBA issued a statement Sunday that the crew missed a foul call on the Clippers’ Chris Paul in the final minute of a game the Warriors eventually won. But the crew was fine Monday night. Missed some calls, naturally, and I suppose it’s possible the NBA issues a statement that Durant was fouled by Allen on what became a turnover with 21 seconds left in regulation. But in the end, officiating did not decide this game.

Point-guard defense: D. Mike Conley and Beno Udrih combined for 33 points on 13 of 24 shooting, with 14 assists and four turnovers. Conley and Udrih consistently got around Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson. Scotty Brooks went to Thabo Sefolosha to cover Conley late in the game, and that seemed to help.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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