It seems like forever ago that the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies took to the floor to battle each other in Game 4 of their playoff series. It seems a long time ago that Reggie Jackson saved the Thunder’s season with a phenomenal playoff performance off the bench and it seems like a very long time since the Thunder were at home.
Game 5 is now right around the corner and the Thunder are back at Chesapeake Arena, looking to take a 3-2 advantage and re-gain the momentum.
It was always going to be a tough series between two very talented teams, but no-one could have predicted three overtime games in the first four battles – but that is exactly what we have seen.
The Thunder still have two out of the final three (if necessary) games at home, but the Grizzlies have shown they are not intimidated by OKC, or the crowd or the court. They will fondly remember snatching game 2 from the Thunder and will want a similar result in their return.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are coming off arguably their worst playoff game. They both shot the ball poorly which set the stage for Jackson’s heroics – but were still able to contribute to the win via rebounding, playmaking and their intensity. They will be hoping and expecting to bounce back and play their usual role and guide the Thunder to victory.
The Grizzlies will still be looking to snatch another win and with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph in terrific form – not to mention Tony Allen and Beno Udrih – the task is far from beyond them. It will take a full four quarter performance and tough defensive pressure, but that is what Memphis is renowned for.
Game 5 will tell quite a tale. Have the Thunder finally found a way to defeat the Grizzlies or will Memphis show they have the Thunder’s number. It’s an unmissable game, so tune in and be prepared to be glued to the edge of your seat.
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