What they're saying about Game 1: The Thunder and Grizzlies weigh in

Russell Westbrook said he didn’t do a good job setting the tone in the third quarter.
by Berry Tramel Modified: April 20, 2014 at 12:19 am •  Published: April 20, 2014

Russell Westbrook: “As a point guard, my job is to set the tone. I didn’t do a good job setting the tone (in the third quarter). Had a few turnovers, letting them get easy baskets. We never broke. We did a great job staying together, sticking with our stuff.”

Kevin Durant: “We made plays in that fourth quarter, we made it work on the offensive and defensive end, put it away a little bit in that fourth quarter.”

Westbrook: “Me and Kevin just talking about how all the home teams lost today. We didn’t want to be leading the train. We did a good job of hitting them first.”

Memphis coach Dave Joerger on Tony Allen’s effectiveness on offense: “Well, they don’t guard him.”

Westbrook: “I thought our bench was great tonight. They’ve been great all season. Especially with all the injuries we had. Tonight was one of those moments where they stepped up.”

Durant on Tony: “He’s a tough defender. Pesky. Small. He gets up under you a little bit. I’ve got to be disciplined in my shot.”

by Berry Tramel
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 Oklahoman,...
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