The Grizzlies owned the glass and forced 21 turnovers on route to their 99-93 Game 2 victory. The series is now tied 1-1 going to Memphis for Games 3 and 4.
Here's a breakdown of what the players and coaches had to say after Game 2 and what exactly fueled the words of the post-game pressers.
SB: "We gave up too many offensive rebounds. They had 23 second chance points when the game before we did an outstanding job. We have to get back to making sure we box them out and hold our ground. Turnovers. We gave up 29 points on 21 turnovers. We do a better job in those areas and we are still in the game."
This is pretty bad sequence to start. First, Nick Collison gets the ball above the perimeter and dibbles until Durant, fighting through Tony Allen, comes to get it. Durant dribbles around and gets caught in a double-team before dishing to Fisher. Collison, who made an excellent cut to the short corner, let's Fisher's pass go straight through his hands and into the seats behind the basket. Ticky-tack turnovers haunted the Thunder throughout Game 2.
SB: "We have to rebound the basketball. This is a rebounding series. We have to rebound and we can't turn the ball over. We have to correct that."
Perkins shows his inability to jump by letting Marc Gasol grab a rebound over his back even after a decent box-out. Then Serge Ibaka lets Zach Randolph get great rebounding position right under the basket. Z-Bo grabs the second straight offensive board and kicks to a driving Conley. Conley misses and Z-Bo straight up out-hustles Ibaka for a corner rebound. The Grizzlies work the ball across the baseline to the other side of the court where Quincy Pondexter nails a jumper.
Oklahoma City was building momentum during the second quarter and this possession was crushing. The Thunder lost the lead before halftime and went into the locker room down 54-51.
Royce Young at Daily Thunder asked Allen why he guarded Durant so much down the stretch after not guarding him in Game 1.
TA: "I assume we got desperate."
Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com's TrueHoop Network asked Allen if his late, defensive move on Durant was a Rick Mahorn-situation.
TA: "Rick Mahorn?"
Arnovitz explained he was a power forward once upon a time.
TA: "Nah. It was a late minute thought in my head and I thought it would work. I was fortunate it did."
Kind of looks like this.
Allen was asked about Mike Conley's performance of 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
TA: "Mike Conley is one of the top-5 point guards in the league whether anybody likes it or not. Some people have their favorites, but Mike Conley is in that conversation now. Shout out to Mike Conley."
Durant was asked how much he can carry without Russell Westbrook.
KD: "I can carry as much as coach needs me to carry. I made shots last game and I missed them this game. That three-point shot looked good, it just happened to rim out. I’m going to continue to be aggressive. Everybody is going to panic because we lost this game, but that’s not what we are going to do here."
Shout out to Mike Conley.