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BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: May 1, 2011

"I think it's the same urgency on our end," Brooks said. "This is an important game. You can't have an intensity (that is) higher in one game over another."


Brooks and Memphis coach Lionel Hollins agreed before Game 1 the Grizzlies having to play just 37 hours after their series-clinching victory against San Antonio on Friday night should not be considered an overwhelming task.

"These guys (NBA players) are used to playing back-to-backs, and four (games) in five nights," Brooks said 90 minutes before tipoff. "They had a day off to enjoy and also prepare, but that's what the NBA is all about. You have to sometime prepare on the fly. I don't see that as an issue on their end. They're in the second round and we're both excited to play this game."

Hollins shrugged off the schedule.

"Don't know what there is to be concerned about," Hollins said 75 minutes before tipoff. "We've got to play, they've got to play. We're going to go out and compete. It's going to be a long series. We just want to come out, get our feet wet and get a feel for who they are, and they'll probably want to do the same for us."


Win or lose last Friday against the Spurs, Memphis knew it was going to play a road game Sunday – whether it was at San Antonio for Game 7 or in Oklahoma City for Game 1.

The Thunder, meanwhile, didn't know for certain until Friday night's result that it was going to play Sunday.

"You have to take it as it comes," Grizzlies center Marc Gasol said. "No one is going to feel sorry for you. Nobody was going to take it easy. No one was going to give you anything. We knew that coming in. We wanted to be aggressive from the jump ball."


Gasol, singling out the play of point guard Mike Conley as a key to Sunday's victory: "Mike did a great job of getting to the paint, drawing those bigs (toward him), finding me rolling or (making) a little pocket pass for the shot. We did a good job of moving the ball and being unselfish."

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