“FIRST TEAM ALL-DEFENSE *EXPLETIVE*”- Tony Allen. I have it on good authority that Allen actually said that near the end of game 2. I don’t know that he didn’t, so I’m leaving it in there.
The Memphis Grizzlies won game 2 against the Oklahoma City Thunder 99-93 in Oklahoma City for a huge road win that could have likely saved their season.
To be fair, the Thunder aren’t the same without Russell Westbrook and he isn’t coming back in these playoffs. But the Thunder are still a great team with one of the two best players in the game on their roster. As long as you have a guy like Kevin Durant on your roster, then you have a shot in a seven game playoff series.
Which is why game 2 was crucial for Memphis. After feeling like they let game 1 get away, the Grizzlies had to win game 2 or they would have to win four of the remaining five games in the series, with two more scheduled to be played in Oklahoma City. The Grizzlies are far from home free, but going home tied 1-1 is way different than going there 0-2.
Now the Grizzlies have home court advantage and the momentum. Once again, the Grizzlies’ four core players had their fingerprints all over this game. Mike Conley fell an assist shy of a triple-double and led the Grizzlies in scoring, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol did their bullying down low and Tony Allen was once again everywhere.
Allen’s most impressive stretch came late in the 4th quarter when he defended Durant and shut the water off in every which way. Durant was 0-3 with a turnover when Allen switched over to defending him primarily as Allen’s lack of height (in comparison to Durant anyway) didn’t affect him negatively.
Game 3 will be on Saturday at FedEx Forum.