The Thunder, finished up their first round on Wednesday and currently there is only one series still going on. It so happens to be the one series that determines the Thunder's next opponent. Tonight, the Grizzlies will be traveling to Spurs Country to play their Game Six.
The NBA has released the scheduling scenarios based on potential outcomes:
Here is what you need to know in a nutshell:
- Grizz win tonight - OKC has home court advantage, and the series starts on Sunday.
- Spurs win tonight - their Game Seven is on Sunday, and the next round starts Tuesday.
- If the Spurs win the series, Spurs have home court advantage.
- ALL of these games were played before Kendrick Perkins suited up for the first time (the 3/7 game was post-trade but Perkins was still injured at the time)
- OKC Defense yielded an average of 107 points per game.
- The January 1st game was the last time the Thunder played a game where they were not competitive.
- The thought early on was that the Thunder simply could not match up on the inside against either of these teams. And yet, the Thunder matched up very well both in their interior defense as well as in their rebounding. What hurt OKC the most against San Antonio was in their failure to guard against the 3-point shot. Against Memphis, a defensive team, they could not match up as well offensively.