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Records: The Oklahoma City Thunder (23-12) vs. The Memphis Grizzlies (15-19)
Time: 7:00 PM Central Standard Time
Place: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
TV: Fox Sports Net Oklahoma, SportSouth-Memphis
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1), Soul Classics 103.5 FM WRBO
Enemy Blog(s): Straight Outta Vancouver, 3 Shades of Blue
Previous Meeting(s): None
There are a three words that some to mind when I think of the Thunder's last game:
Bad. Bad. Bad.
But, my momma always said that you gotta put your past behind you and continue to look foreward, so that's what we're going to try to do. I think you're allowed to have a bad game every once and a while and that's exactly what happened here. What's done is done.
Tonight, the Thunder take on one of the leagues biggest enigmas in Memphis. They're fresh off a win over the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, have wins over Dallas and Miami, and have scored more points than they've given up despite their losing record.
Below: More About The Grizzlies, Prediction
The Grizzlies have a good starting lineup. Marc Gasol is at center, Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay are the forwards, and Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo are the guards. The problem with the Grizzlies is that they don't have the depth to keep them in games the whole way. The Hasheem Thabeet pick could haunt them for a while, in that regard. It may or may not be too early to call him a bust, but with averages under 2 points and 2 rebounds per game there's no denying that he isn't doing much for the team now.
The Grizzlies are capable of hurting the Thunder down low. Gasol can be very good and Zach Randolph is averaging a double double (though I think the Thunder have a favorable match-up with Green and Ibaka). However, I think the Thunder will be itching to get back in the win column. I say Durant and Westbrook combine for 50 and will the Thunder over the over-confidant Grizzlies.
P.S. For those of you hoping to see hometown hero Xavier Henry in this game, you'll have to wait for a later game, he's out with a knee injury.
Prediction: Thunder 112, Grizzlies 111