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Grizzlies vs Thunder - 01/10/2012

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Grizzlies (3-5) vs Thunder (8-2)

 

Time: Tuesday, January 10, 7:00 pm CST

Place: FedExForum, Memphis, TN

TV: SportSouth, NBA LP/LPBB/LPM

Audio: 92.9FM, 680AM, Affiliates, NBA ALP/GT

 

Starting 5

- Point Guard: Mike Conley vs Russell Westbrook

- Shooting Guard: Tony Allen vs Thabo Sefolosha

- Small Forward: Rudy Gay vs Kevin Durant

- Power Forward: Marreese Speights vs Serge Ibaka

- Center: Marc Gasol vs Kendrick Perkins

- Head Coach: Lionel Hollins vs Scott Brooks

 

Benches

Grizzlies: Darrell Arthur, Dante Cunningham, Josh Davis, Hamed Haddadi, O.J. Mayo, Jeremy Pargo, Quincy Pondexter, Zach Randolph, Josh Selby, Sam Young

Thunder: Cole Aldrich, Nick Collison, Daequan Cook, James Harden, Lazar Hayward, Royal Ivey, Reggie Jackson, Eric Maynor, Nazr Mohammed, Ryan Reid

 

Season Series

- Wed, Dec 29: Grizzlies vs Thunder (Loss 95-98)

- Tue, Jan 10: Grizzlies vs Thunder

- Fri, Feb 3: Grizzlies at Thunder

- Mon, Apr 2: Grizzlies at Thunder

 

Upcoming Games

- Knicks - Home - Thu, Jan 12, 7:00 pm CST - TNT, Player Cards

- Hornets - Home - Sat, Jan 14, 7:00 pm CST - SportSouth

- Bulls - Home - Mon, Jan 16, 12:00 pm CST - SportSouth, ESPN, MLK, Family Game

- Hornets - Away - Wed, Jan 18, 7:00 pm CST - SportSouth

- Pistons - Away - Fri, Jan 20, 6:30 pm CST - SportSouth

- Kings - Home - Sat, Jan 21, 7:00 pm CST - SportSouth, Flags, Student Rush, Group Night, Food Drive

- Warriors - Away - Mon, Jan 23, 9:30 pm CST - SportSouth

- Trail Blazers - Away - Tue, Jan 24, 9:00 pm CST - SportSouth

- Clippers - Away - Thu, Jan 26, 9:30 pm CST - TNT

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110 93 Thunder.. Anyone else want to take a month off from posting?

Always so negative. <_< and according to KD's twitter he has a Cold so hopefully he'll still be a little sick on tuesday to slow him down a bit.

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The Thunder won't beat us by 17, even with Zach out. It will be no more than a 6 point game, and I think that we will beat them.

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Get Selby on the court.

 

You got potentially the best scorer on the team and he's not getting any burn. Pargo has been beyond shaky, I guess D Rose destroyed his confidence.

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how is this not a nationally televised game? rematch of the consensus #1 playoff series of 2011

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how is this not a nationally televised game? rematch of the consensus #1 playoff series of 2011

I have reached by quota of positive votes for the day - zero. :wacko:

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how is this not a nationally televised game? rematch of the consensus #1 playoff series of 2011

+1

I have reached by quota of positive votes for the day - zero. :wacko:

+1

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only good thing about no Randolph is that both Cunningham and Speights are jumpshooters which means less opportunites for Ibaka and Collison to pack the paint.

Grizzlies got a good shot if Conley holds his own vs. Westbrook and if defenders don't put themselves in positions where the refs call all the Harden and Durant flops

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A loss here would suck the life out of the team. We have the pieces to win. Gasol is still better offensively then any of OKC's plethora of big men. I don't see how Gay couldn't stop Durant, he needs to watch how Wallace and Batum took Durant off his game. If Gay decides on attacking the rim and getting fouls on Durant instead of chucking we could win. Also expecting a "big" game from Westbrook for the Grizz.

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A loss here would suck the life out of the team. We have the pieces to win. Gasol is still better offensively then any of OKC's plethora of big men. I don't see how Gay couldn't stop Durant, he needs to watch how Wallace and Batum took Durant off his game. If Gay decides on attacking the rim and getting fouls on Durant instead of chucking we could win. Also expecting a "big" game from Westbrook for the Grizz.

I agree. If the Grizzlies play aggressive OKC will get in foul trouble, and then we will win.

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110 93 Thunder.. Anyone else want to take a month off from posting?

 

I will take that bet with the Thunder -17

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Anyone else think Kendrick Perkins is a dirty player?

Yup. I can't stand that guy and his ugly mug.

 

We've got a chance... don't want to see Rudy go into hero mode like he tried to with Durant last time out. Rudy is at his best as a supporting offensive player. Everyone either wants Rudy to score 25ppg or disappear, it seems. He needs to play his game. Which is to be that 18 point 7 rebound guy. He's clearly forcing it lately. Especially with Zach out. If you think about it, Zach is a frequent iso guy. Now Rudy's been getting those iso touches, but he clearly doesn't fit the role. He's never been the type of player to take over, and never will be. Remember his rookie year when he deferred the spotlight to Tarence Kinsey? This isn't a knock on Rudy either. He just thrives as a #2... potentially one of the best in the league. And I trust him just as much as anybody with the ball in his hands in crunch time. Tonight, we just need him to play his game, and check Durant when he can.

 

My X-factor is going to be the shooting guard position. Tony Allen went off against the Thunder last year when Rudy went down. Let's see if he can work the same magic in Zbo's absence. OJ Mayo just needs to be the lethal weapon on offense that we all wish he could be, to neutralize the enigma that is James Harden.

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Our biggest issue I have noticed lately is our double team defense. We leave the 3pt man open because we are trying to trap too far into the paint, which leaves the 3pt shooter enough space to get a set shot off. Harden and Cook will light us up with that situation. That is part of our defensive identity and how we get steals but that's why we leave so many 3pt shooters open.

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Anyone else think Kendrick Perkins is a dirty player?

Not really, but he is a tough no nonsense guy.

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Perkins is a beast. In my eyes I saw him in real life he left a $50 tip on an $8 order at a club during training camp. Seemed like a nice guy.

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Perkins is a beast. In my eyes I saw him in real life he left a $50 tip on an $8 order at a club during training camp. Seemed like a nice guy.

I'm not doubting the quality of his character as a person, I just hate watching him play.

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If we're gonna have any chance of winning tonight, Mike Conley is gonna have to do more than just show up for the first quarter. He has to be assertive throughout the whole game, particularly at the end.

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My theory is that in order to win this game, we MUST score more points than the Thunder.

 

In all seriousness, Rudy has got to step up and play D on Durant. The guy closed out the game for OKC last time we played them - he was 7 for 8 in the second half. If Rudy can contain (BIG IF) KD, then we have a good shot at coming out on top.

 

A couple three's here and there wouldn't hurt either. :P

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NO Back up PG.

NO Back up Center.

To many new players that need time to play better.

 

If don't solve all if not some of this issues we are gonna keep losing.

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So Thunderthighs.... are you gonna take the bet and give me the Grizz +17 ?

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I was not talking about Perkins as a person, but as a player he takes it past "tough" IMO. I always see him throwing tons of extracurricular stuff in and cheap shots. It feels like this is even moreso the case against us. He could be as cuddly as a teddy bear in real life, I would have no idea...

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