Oklahoma City Thunder Lose Another Close One to Memphis Grizzlies
The Oklahoma City Thunder lost their third straight game in their series with the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night in Memphis, 103-97. After a Kevin Durant bucket and a Kendrick Perkins block in the closing moments of regulation, the Thunder were able to send the game into overtime but only scored three points in the overtime period in a losing effort.
It looked like the Thunder were going to run away with the game in the first half. They built a 17 point lead, but they slowly let it fade away by the end of the third quarter.
Thunder forward, Serge Ibaka, was able to work his way out of a slump that has been holding him back the entire series. He had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds on 6-13 shooting from the field.
It is a good sign for the Thunder that Ibaka was able to contribute offensively, but it was not enough to hold off the Grizzlies from taking a 3-1 series lead.
Now that the Thunder are on the brink of elimination, every game will be do-or-die for the rest of the series. They will have to find a way to contain Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph as the Grizzlies’ bigs had a combined 46 points and 23 rebounds in Monday night’s game.
History tells us that the Thunder are in big trouble. Only eight teams have ever come back from a 3-1 series deficit, and only three of those teams eventually went on to win the NBA Finals. On the bright side, the Thunder were in a similar situation last year when they were down 2-0 in their series with the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. The Thunder ultimately went on to win that series 4-2.
It will certainly be tough to conquer a similar feat this year without the likes of James Harden and Russell Westbrook. The Thunder need more players outside of Durant to step up along with quite a bit of luck.
Game 5 is Wednesday in Oklahoma City at 9:30 ET.
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