With the death of Osama bin Laden, the NBA has added security precautions for playoff games, and Oklahoma City Thunder fans are urged to arrive early at Oklahoma City Arena for Tuesday night's game against Memphis.
"For this round, we will have some additional security measures in place," Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney said. "We will be wanding all fans coming into building."
Tipoff is set for 8:30.
THE BLAME GAME
Kendrick Perkins blamed himself for the Thunder's 114-101 loss to Memphis in Game 1. The Thunder center cited a lack of defensive intensity, poor communication and a loss of composure on his part.
"I'm the vocal leader on this team and probably one of the most experienced guys, the big brother on this team," Perkins said. "I kind of let my emotions get the best of me (Sunday), and it affected everybody else. Accountability is key, and I take full accountability because I feel I let us down. … You're going to see a different Perk come Tuesday."
Kevin Durant isn't the only player in this series who thinks Zach Randolph can't be stopped.
So does Zach Randolph, especially by Perkins.
"Perk's good, but all Perk can do is foul me," Randolph told FoxSports.com. "That's the only thing he can do. The best thing about his defense on me is to foul me. … He can't (stop Randolph). He's too slow. He's a big body. He can foul.
"I don't think nobody in the league can stop me. Not only Perk. I tell Perk to his face. I already told him before."
Durant called Randolph an "animal" who can't be stopped after his 34-point, 10-rebound performance and labeled the Grizzlies big man the best power forward in the game.
Only three Thunder players had more than five points in Game 1, which raised questions about where the help is going to come from.
"Everybody just contributes in their own little way," Russell Westbrook said. "James have been doing a good job of contributing, Eric (Maynor), Serge (Ibaka), Daequan (Cook), a lot of different guys step up each and every night. You never know when guys step up. When they all contribute it's the best thing for us."
Maynor, Harden and Cook combined for 11 points.
Sunday's loss might have been just the thing the Thunder needed. If the Grizzlies didn't have OKC's full attention before, they do now.
"You definitely don't want to lose the first game on your home floor, but sometimes you need that," Westbrook said. "We might have needed that to come out and get our minds right."
Nick Collison said nothing should give his teammates an edge like losing Game 1.
"We're down 0-1, so we should have it," Collison said. "It just comes down to individual pride."
HOLD THE MAYO
Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins explained his reasoning for moving O.J. Mayo from the starting lineup to the bench: "You have to balance your lineup. At the time, I was trying to convince him of that. We had no scoring off the bench. O.J. being a shooter, I felt like he could come off the bench and provide some offense and play with the second unit. We took one scorer away from the starters and put him with the second unit. It hasn't worked out quite that smoothly, but it has worked out. O.J.'s had some big moments and our bench has been stronger because of it."
In 17 games as a starter, Mayo averaged 15.2 points in 35.5 minutes and shot 40.7 percent from 3-point range. In 54 games as a reserve, he averaged 10.1 points in 23.4 minutes and shot 34.1 percent from 3-point range.
Hollins, when asked to name one thing the Grizzlies must do to win Game 2: "Defend, rebound and execute on offense. If you want one of those things, it's outscoring them by one point."