Round 2, Game 2 Recap: Oklahoma vs. Memphis

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Three point shooting proved to be the difference in this game. Thunder shot a scorching 57.1% (8-14) from the arc compared to 36.4% (4-11) from Memphis as Thunder  won the pivotal home court match, 111-104.

Facing a potential 0-2 deficit, Thunder stepped up their performance with three players scoring 20+ with Durant (26pts), Westbrook (24pts) and Harden (21pts).
Memphis had a strong game from Conley with 24 points and 8 assists to go with Randolph’s 15 points and 9 rebounds which is below par in comparison to his recent playoff stats. The credit deserves to go to Ibaka for his defensive effort along with Perkins against Gasol (13 points and 10 rebounds)

The most noticable change from Oklahoma since Game 1 was that they were more engaged as a team and the supporting cast came alive! After having the bench score just 16 points in a Game 1 loss, the Thunder’s bench tripled that amount in Game 2 with an unbelievable 48 points! It gives Oklahoma a huge advantage when resting their All-Star players.

Although there are a few concerns for Oklahoma and one of them is that Thunder lost starting power forward Serge Ibaka to an apparent right knee injury with 2:09 remaining in the game. He hobbled to the locker room after fouling Conley and crashing to the floor along the baseline. Ibaka had been late out of the locker room at halftime after hurting his knee late in the first half, but rode a stationary bike in a tunnel before returning to the game in the third. “When I was in the game, I was fine,” said Ibaka, who had both ice on both knees in the locker room. “After a timeout, when I would stand up to go on the court, that’s when I would feel it.”
But they have a three game break till they play Grizzlies at their home court so he should be right for the game. The other concern is Memphis showed how well they can rally towards the end as they cut a 21-point, fourth-quarter deficit to six in the final minute. This will have Oklahoma looking behind their backs in future games when they have a smaller lead in the last quarter because of what Memphis showed they were capable of doing.

The next two games at Memphis will be pivotal as Oklahoma needs to steal one win to take back the home court advantage!

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