After letting Game 1 slip away, the Memphis Grizzlies realized how important it was to come through in Game 2 of the semifinals in the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Luckily, the Grizzlies had a key player in Mike Conley arguably display his best performance of the season on Tuesday to tie the series up at 1-1.
Memphis came through with the 99-93 win against Oklahoma City thanks to Conley falling just one assist shy of a triple double after recording 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds and nine assists. What’s even more ironic is Kevin Durant almost finished with a triple double as well as he scored 36 points to go along with 11 rebounds and nine assists.
With the series heading back to Memphis, there’s no reason not to think the Grizzlies don’t have what it takes to bring down the Thunder–especially since they’ve been playing without star guard Russell Westbrook. If there’s anything to take away from Tuesday’s game, it’s Conley has what it takes to help Memphis do the unthinkable–which is make a run at the NBA Finals.
Conley may not display these types of performances on a consistent basis, but he’ll need to figure out a way to do so if the Grizzlies are going to make a run over the next couple of weeks. Don’t look now, but these next two games could play a key factor in whether or not the Grizzlies have what it takes to reach the Western Conference Finals.
And if they do so–they’ll most likely have Conley to thank.
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