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Old 05-01-2011, 08:38 PM   #616
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Default Re: May 1: Playoffs Round 2, Grizzlies at Thunder Game 1

I've said it before but Russ and Harden are the key players for OKC in this series. We were inconsistent on defense tonight, we could play better than this. You can't expect KD to score 40 a game, because unlike Denver, we can't win this series that way.

Z-Bo and Marc are better players than Ibaka and Perk but we could contain them more than we did tonight, but we won't stop them.

KD had 33-11 on 50+% shooting, but Harden and Russ need to step up.

Good win for the Grizz, you guys could definitely take this series.

Game 2 is a must-win for us.
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:18 PM   #617
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Default Re: May 1: Playoffs Round 2, Grizzlies at Thunder Game 1

That's it. I am officially on the Memphis Grizzly bandwagon...

...until they meet the Lakers in the WCF, that is!

GO Z-BO!
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:26 PM   #618
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Default Re: May 1: Playoffs Round 2, Grizzlies at Thunder Game 1

Even though they beat the spurs, this grizzly team is making me a fan. Go Grizz! But still, i predict the mavs to go all the way. The gasol brother fighting against each other looks like a great matchup though.
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:30 AM   #619
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There's a lot of OKC hillbilly's wallowing their sorrows in moonshine tonight.
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:51 AM   #620
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Default Re: May 1: Playoffs Round 2, Grizzlies at Thunder Game 1

Hahaha you guys are funny.

Thunder in 6 or 7. BOOK IT.
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:36 AM   #621
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Default Re: May 1: Playoffs Round 2, Grizzlies at Thunder Game 1

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There's a lot of OKC hillbilly's wallowing their sorrows in moonshine tonight.
Mate, atleast OKC still have a team.
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Default Re: May 1: Playoffs Round 2, Grizzlies at Thunder Game 1

i missed the game this morning so i just finally caught up. just a few things i noticed:

westbrook has to settle down. he was making some awful decisions in the first half. not reading plays right, jumping in the air to pass (i hate that) and just looking a bit lost in the paint. he either needs to draw contact or finish the play. he doesn't contort his body like rose does. i've said it before but until he improves his decision making, he's a borderline top 5 PG. he's a incredible athlete with room to improve.

gervais - dude is putting in some quality minutes. i actually wanted LA to pick him up last season due to what i saw of him in college. quick decisions

rebounding. unlike pau, marc will box out. gasol is also effective at pick n' roll. that's two pick n' roll bigs that can do damage for memphis. that's dangerous. gasol can hit from the elbow and FT line

durant was on. i still do not get why OKC doesn't run him off more curls cuz dude can be deadly that way.

battier - such an underrated trade transaction for this team. how many people were talking about how much this trade would help memphis? he was a +12 today. i know that isn't always reliable but it's a start. he hit key shots and a got a key block.

z-bo. how do you legit stop this guy? so much talent, can finish with either hand, soft hands for putbacks. kills in the pick n roll because he either pops out for the jumper or finds the soft spot. is there any question attitude and b-ball IQ was what was holding this guy back? hell, he's a willing passer now too. plus, he's patient. last season, he stepped up his game in the regular season. now he's doing it in the playoffs.

both teams have been prone to a couple mistakes late. i originally thought OKC was gonna win this but memphis has me thinking. i'm just gonna say it will go 7 cuz taking HCA is HUGE.
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:46 AM   #623
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Default 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
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:15 AM   #624
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Default Re: May 1: Playoffs Round 2, Grizzlies at Thunder Game 1

Never I thought I would say this, but Memphis has been the most impressive team in the playoffs.

The world is finding out how good Z-Bo is. It's great to see him have success on a winning team, and getting attention from the mainstream press. He had issues early in his career, and he's matured a lot. Dude is a beast.

Marc Gasol has been extremely impressive. Who would of thought he'd be outplaying his brother at this point?

This is going to be a great series. I wouldn't be surprised to see it going to 7 games. Memphis getting to the WCF would be something.
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