What scared me most about last game was how loosey-goosey the Thunder looked at shot-around just before Game 6. They were goofballing and cutting up, and every shot seemed to be nothing but cotton. The Grizz were clanking the majority of their warm-up shots and I got very nervous.
Most of the first half was a continuation of this youthful, playful energy from OKC; it wasn't until the heat got turned up in the second half that I saw that look (and those smiles) leave the faces of OKC players.
As has been noted by others, it would seem that the heat's off Memphis now. Win or lose, our season has been a huge success. As for today... I'd say "expect the unexpected."
I think this games goes as Conley goes. If he plays passive or gets in foul trouble again, lights out Grizzlies. If he can really up the tempo and push Westbrook, the toll that the marathon game OKC endured (and Conley had to spend a lot of time on the bench watching) could be huge.
Chris, I'm curious as to why Leon Powe can't get a stray minute here or there, especially given how physical this series has been. I suspect Hollins saw a black-hole mentality that he didn't care for, but I'd like to hear your take.
Whichever teams survives this series is going to be all beat to hell and have to face a very rested Mavs squad. Let's hope it's us...
Last night was the game I expected on Sunday afternoon. The Griz looked a step slow and the Thunder played with the desperation we all anticipated. Still, a 1-1 split coming out of OKC looks pretty good once you spit the bad taste of last night's game out of your mouth.
As important as the home court crowd (and a little home cooking from the refs) will be, I'd guess that the team could use the time off. The Spurs series was brutal and the games have been coming at a rapid pace.
Let's hope a rowdy home crowd can rattle the Thunder and send us back to OKC with our foot on their throats.
No need to apologize or explain yourself to Spurs fans; I've been following their message boards and they've been (for the most part) dismissive of the Grizz from the start. The most generous of them predicted us to push the series to 5 games.
I agree that if the "home cooking" trend continues, we close out tonight. My fear is Conley or ZBo getting in early foul trouble and disrupting our offense, but I still expect a rowdy crowd and too-little rest for a weary Spurs squad to be enough to carry the day.
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