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