Grizzlies grind is too much for Thunder in Game 3

Posted by Clevis Murray on Friday, April 25, 2014 with No comments
The Memphis Grizzlies 98-85 overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder proved as to why the FedExForum is nicknamed the "Grindhouse" as the Grizzlies controlled this game from start to finish despite a few scares in the closing seconds of regulation and overtime to go up 2-1 in this Western Conference series.
In Game 3 against the Thunder, the "Grindfather" aka Tony Allen showed the TNT viewers as to why he's one of the most elite defenders in the NBA despite his advanced age. Allen held Durant to 10-for-27 from the field which included 0-8 from the 3-point line. It's quite clear that Allen is messing with psyche of Durant even though the scoring champ of the regular season thinks otherwise as he said after Game 2.

"He's making it tough, but it's not like I'm just nonexistent. I don't know what you guys have been watching. He's just making me work, like everybody else will."

Allen had a bunch of energy going in the fourth quarter but committed a bad foul as Thunder guard Russell Westbrook rose up for a 3-pointer and drained the shot sending him to the line for a 4-point. Also in the closing seconds of overtime Allen yet again fouled Westbrook with 0.9 seconds left in the game but like Durant in Game 2, an incredible 4-point play was accompanied by a tough loss.

Speaking of Game 2, it was like that game was somewhat replayed in Game 3 with Durant (10/27) and Westbrook (9/26) hoisting up similar amount of shots as both finished with 30 points apiece. Both All-Stars had the opportunity to tie the game up but missed their field-goals to become the heroes of the night. Serge Ibaka is the only other Thunder player to score 10+ but he was just filling up space as his presence was hardly felt. 

MVP: Mike Conley Jr. led Memphis with 20 points and 5 assist, big-man Zach Randolph "Z-Bo" also chipped in with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.

Key Stat: Memphis key to victory was their bench as they won that battle 34-9 

Game 4 is Saturday at 9:30 p.m. EST