Re: May 1: Playoffs Round 2, Grizzlies at Thunder Game 1
(Originally posted before the game yesterday)
In order to win, Memphis must dominate inside w Gasol the Younger & Z-Bo, and Conley must force Westbrook into Kobe mode, and Battier + Trick or Treat Tony must force KD into tough shots. (So far, so good after game 1)
OKLA should offset Memphis' frontcourt w Perkins, Ibaka, Collison & Nazr. Since neither Tony nor Battier are as physical as Artest, KD should go off for 30 per game on good shooting % in this series. Conley was great vs Tony Parker but Westbrook is bigger, faster & more athletic than Parker.
Oklahoma doesn't have much playoff experience, outside of Perkins, so they may not be able to maintain focus but they have the two of the three best players in the series.
Thunder in 7