Apr 21, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) during the first quarter in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies Game Preview

Apr 21, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) attempts to drive the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) and guard Derek Fisher (6) during the second quarter in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 21, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) attempts to drive the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) and guard Derek Fisher (6) during the second quarter in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies return home to the Grind House A.K.A. FedEx Forum on Thursday Night to square off in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Memphis dropped game 1 of the series 100-86 in disappointing fashion, but stormed back in game two holding Oklahoma City to under 40% shooting and ended up winning the game in OT 111-105. The Grizzlies would have held The Thunder to under 100 points if it wasn’t for a miraculous shot by Kevin Durant that lead to a 4 point play and Mr. No-Show Kendrick Perkins tying the game on a put back with time expiring in regulation.


Zach Randolph won the game for Memphis by outscoring Oklahoma City 8-6 in OT.  Z-Bo finished with 25 points on 10-of-20 shooting and hauled in 6 rebounds.  Randolph had to pick up most of the work down low for the Grizzlies in OT because Marc Gasol fouled out early in the extra period.

Memphis has won 14 straight at home which is a franchise record.  They finished the season winning 20 of 22 at home with the lone losses coming against Dallas and New Orleans.  The Grizzlies started off the season 7-12 at home.

The best play of Game 2 besides the fallaway play by Kevin Durant had to be the Randolph shot that extended the Grizzlies lead to 105-101 in OT. Z-Bo drove baseline, was behind the basket, drew contact with Kendrick Perkins and converted the shot.

Beno Udrih provided a much needed spark off the Bench for the Grizzlies scoring 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Mike Conley continues to dish out assists. He has 23 assists in the first two games of the series.

With the series tied 1-1, how do you think the Grizzlies will fair in game 3 & 4? Comment below with your predictions.

T.V. – (National) TNT 7 p.m. CST, (Local) Fox Sports South with Brevin Knight and Pete Pranica.
Radio – 92.9 ESPN in Memphis

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