Were you scared? Were you frightened? This playoff series had every one on their toes, as the Memphis Grizzlies gave proven MVP Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder a run for their money.
OKC rallied to a galvanizing victory over the Grizzlies beating them 120-109 Saturday night. Some would like to blame this victory on Zach Randolph's absence from the roaring Grizzlies team, making them vulnerable to the detailed offense of the Thunder. However, it appears that a veil was lifted from the eyes of a dragon as the Thunder fought with all they had to stay above water.
The win could most likely be attributed to the makings of a good coach. After the first few games, Thunder coach Scott Brooks knew some game plan alterations would have to be made. As a result, he took a different route and altered rotations. This proved a success for the Thunder as Durant scored 33-points in the Game 7 win. Westbrook, aside from taking his normal exorbitant amount of shots, held his own managing a triple-double.
The Grizzlies were not all thumbs however. Credit must be given where credit is due. Conley and Marc Gasol produced a valiant effort to secure their spot in the next round. Marc Gasol put up 24- points with his show-stopping moves in the paint and was essential in the Grizzlies' previous wins against the Thunder. Conley added 20 points and a lot of heart to the game and throughout the series. I guess it just came down to the luck of the draw and who wanted it more out of these two dynamic teams.
Regardless, with close games and many wondering how this series would play out, I am certainly geared up to witness the Thunder's next opponent. Will Chris Paul and the Clippers, a proven dominant, immoveable force be able to topple Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder? Only time will tell.
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