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OKC Loud Links: A Grizzly Night

The Thunder are traveling tonight to face last season's surprise playoff team, the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis shocked the world by knocking off the #1 seed Spurs in the first round and then took the Thunder to seven games before finally falling. That grueling playoff series showed us so much about both teams, and I am eager to see if they can pick up where they left off.

Post Game Nuggets | NewsOK

Mayberry writes that Kendrick Perkins stole the show in Minnesota, but there is reason for concern about Serge Ibaka's slow start.

What's Up With Serge Ibaka? | Daily Thunder

The first two games' match-ups have not been well suited for Serge Ibaka's defensive talents, but he seems to be struggling emotionally as well in his contribution.

More Than a Loss | HoopSpeak

Harper reflects on the debut of Ricky Rubio, but pays homage to Russell Westbrook's aggressive assault on the newcomer. To his credit, Rubio stood in the gap.

Shook Ankles: Westbrook Gets Rude | Shaky Ankles

I confess, as soon as I saw Westbrook floor Luke Ridnour, I immediately thought of our friend's site. I knew Westbrook would be making an appearance.

Chris Paul, the Clippers, and Vengeance Time | Hardwood Paroxysm

The makeshift team is still struggling to find some rhythm, but they have a late game confidence now that I've never seen.

Raptors Coach Adds New Decoration to Locker Room | Ball Don't Lie

Raptors coach Dwane Casey placed a 1,300 pound boulder in his team's locker room. While he apparently wants to instill the Spurs ethos, I am wondering if in the end it results in more of a Sisyphus-like attitude.

Relieved Stern Vows New CBA Will Work | CBS Sports

Of course it will work; if it doesn't, the league will get sued. The real question is, with this new CBA, will the league lock out the players again in six years?

Dwyane Wade, Defensive Phenom | Ball Don't Lie

Dwyane Wade is blocking everybody.