Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Breaking Down the Game

February 8th, 2011 by Ricky Frech Leave a reply »
I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but I can't talk enough about how great the Thunder bench has been playing of late. Unfortunately, the starting lineup couldn't help them to pull out a win at home against Memphis. It was a hard-fought game that could have gone either way, but in the end the Grizzlies just wanted it more.

I want to start by praising the entire Memphis starting lineup. Four of the five played 40 minutes or more in the back end of a back to back. Add to that the fact that both Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo were out and it makes this win that much more impressive.

Two guys really stood out tonight for me. The first was Tony Allen who absolutely torched the Thunder for 27 points. It wasn't his offensive game that stood out to me though; Allen played some of the best, pre-playoff defense I've seen in a long while, and against Kevin Durant no less. He was basically a one man fast break with five steals and three blocks, which was the biggest reason Memphis was able to come back from ten down at halftime.

The other guy that impressed me was Zach Randolph. Early on it seemed like he was going to held in check by Jeff Green and ...

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