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Thunder notebook: Looking ahead to a rematch

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: January 4, 2011 at 11:45 pm •  Published: January 4, 2011

The Thunder will play Memphis for the second time in five days when the Grizzlies come to Oklahoma City on Saturday. Memphis coach Lionel Hollins, whose team won 110-105 in the first of four meetings between the two teams Tuesday, said that's a good thing for both teams rather than a difficult task.

“It's not really a challenge,” Hollins said. “It's actually pretty good because you get to know what's going on. It's like in the playoffs. The more often you play, the more you know them. If you play a guy once and don't play them again for two months, you forget what you saw. There's a lot of things that you pick up as you play a team more often. And so playing them in such a short span helps both teams.”


Kevin Durant's rise to the top of the NBA's list of elite young players hasn't come as a shock to Memphis guard Greivis Vasquez.

Vasquez teamed with Durant during his senior year at Montrose Christian Academy in Maryland. Vasquez remembers the two of them working out at 7:15 a.m. prior to the school bell every day, getting up shots for 45 minutes before showering and heading to class.

“I was seeing his work ethic even in high school. He was always a hard worker,” Vasquez said.


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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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