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Saturday, May 14th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  22 responses

Post Up: Winner Takes All

Grizzlies say, Bring on Game 7!

Memphis 95 Oklahoma City 83

The Memphis Grizzlies deserved to win Game 6, there was no doubt about that. They played hungry and hard; a game that could potentially rattle younger teams, what with only their season and this iconic run on the line, instead inspired them, if nothing else outlining just how unconventional and almost ignorant this team is.

And afterward, when the media sought a response, the Grizz talked about their motivation—selling us insistently on the idea that they are an underdog. Surely it’s an idea that exists only in their minds, or at least only their locker room. They are an eighth seed gone mad, producers of a lop-sided upset (does that make sense?) of the Spurs and now taking the League’s darlings, the Thunder, to the limit. But does anyone who has actually seen this Grizzlies team play over these past four weeks really consider them an underdog?

They head into Game 7 on the heels of a convincing home win. Zach Randolph once again was dominant, 30 points and 13 rebounds when his team needed him to lead. OJ Mayo got the start and scored 16, while Mike Conley had a double-double with 11 and 12 assists. Memphis was fueled by a furious second half, out-scoring OKC 51-29, and just flat out getting it done on both ends.

Kevin Durant was subjected to a mortal 11 points on 3-14—we can’t wait to see what he’ll do in his first Game 7. Russell Westbrook had 27 and was by far the best for a Thunder team that had many passengers.

Game 7, Oklahoma City, winner take all on a Sunday afternoon with the rest of the League watching. Sounds about right. — Todd Spehr

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  • Thegfunk

    Z-BO! you know what they say, once he’s in the post its MURDER! no but I have enjoyed him playing with memphis

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    The Grizz aint the underdog, they gon win it all this year!
    If they would lose, they can look back and say they had a very good season. And then I’ll be rooting for the thunder!

  • http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com deron

    Good job, Memphis. Way to defend home-court. That being said, OKC will win Sunday at home; KD is going to have more than 12 points.

    We finally got a Game 7 in the playoffs; now we’re going to hear the misleading stat about home teams winning Game Seven 75% or 80% of the time. They’re at home because they have the better record and are probably the better team anyway.

    theresastatforthat

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Yeah I thunk okc wins this one..

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    O.J. “B. Pumper” Mayo showed up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    ^^^^ Philo for the win!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    ^^^
    I don’t get it? :p

  • JTaylor21

    So ummm, I guess it’s also Westbrook’s fault that KD went 3-14 with 9 of them being bad 3pt attempts. KD again proved what I’ve been saying all along, dude has a hard time scoring vs physical D and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

  • HAMMER

    Its funny Westbrook took all those shots and STILL didn’t produce a W. Haha! Just further proof that KD is tha man on that team and Westbrook shoud defer 2 him

  • JTaylor21

    You do know it’s a “team” game, right?

  • cuseburg

    @Hammer, the thunder were cruising in the first half when they were getting stops and westbrook was being aggressive and pushing it in transition. In the second half they went away from that, partly cuz they weren’t getting any stops, and started force feeding durant for bad jumpers, and thats when they started sucking. Not saying westbrook is better than durant or anything, but how last night’s game went kind of totally undermine the last point of your post. If anything, they should just continue to go with whats working on any particular night. And their defense in the 2nd half prolly killed em more than anything.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Memphis will win it all this year, if they can win game 7 vs. Thunder, because Memphis killed Dallas in the regular season and I see Bulls beating Miami in 6 games. Memphis would beat Bulls. Memphis wins it all as the greatest underdog story ever.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    KD lost the game, why are people not blaming him for taking bad shots, maybe he needed to defer to Westbrook, he shot 50%. KD might need to learn how to pass too.

  • HAMMER

    Ya’ll c what I just did there? I posted an idiotic statement bout Westbrook. And who’s the 1st one 2 come 2 his defense? Jtaylor21. Oh, but if I had said the same thing bout Rose, id probably get a co-sign. I was trying 2 make a point

  • Max

    if kobe scores 11 pts and his team loses, ppl say hes not even close to MJ.
    if lebron scores 11 pts and his team loses, ppl would say hes a quitter.
    if dirk scored 11 pts and his team loses, ppl would call him soft.
    if durant scores 11 and his team loses, ppl blame westbrook…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    If DRose scores 11 pts in the playoffs, SLAM comments reach 500+…

  • fruizm

    if eric dampier scores 11 pts in the playoffs, SLAM comments reach 1000!!!

  • paul

    Memphis was hungry to win, and OKC was lazy. The result was OKC being blown out in the second half.

    But it didn’t hurt Memphis that Randolph was encouraged by the officials to pretty much ram right through defenders. If he’s allowed to do that in Oklahoma City, Memphis will win. It’s another example of officiating controlling NBA outcomes. I don’t recall even Shaq bulling through defenders like Randolph does.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Paul, you know that Zach has a decently polished post game too right? I remember one play where he did 4 simultaneous pivot fakes in the post with Ibaka biting on the last one creating an easy layup. He’s a good combination of power face up with skilled back to the basket.

  • Bobby

    How can OKC go anywhere with no inside presence? Perkins plays no defense at all, just holds and pushes. He gets a defensive rebound every 6 minutes. His backup is no better, and only Collison is ever effective.

    OKC is a donut – sweet on the outside with a big hole in the middle. This won’t work against Dallas, Chicago, or Miami, even if they slip by the 8 seed here.

  • http://wwww.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Z-BO!!!!!!!!!

  • logues

    if brian scalibrine scores 11 pts in the playoffs, i will $hit my pants

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