|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThe Grizzlies-Thunder playoff series gets more exciting with every game, and Game Six in Memphis was no different.
Kevin Durant came out on fire, but picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter and was never heard from again the entire game. From then on, it was all Grizzlies as the team ran away to a 95-83 victory to force a decisive Game Seven on Saturday in Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma City Thunder looked dominant in the first few minutes of the game, led by Kevin Durant. But just over four minutes into the game, the NBA's leading scorer picked up his second foul and was forced to sit the rest of the first quarter. And once he got back into the game, he settled for long jump shots. After the game, he acknowledged that he was not as aggressive after picking up the two fouls, but his lack of scoring and attacking the basket made him a non-factor.
Despite KD's disappearance from the game, the Thunder would have cruised to halftime with a 13-point lead if not for a last-second three-pointer from the Grizzlies. And once the teams came back after the break, Memphis started getting easy points in the paint and hitting outside shots. They chipped away at the Thunder's 10-point lead. A 15-5 run brought them right back into the game, and they kept dominating the paint.
The Memphis Grizzlies were led by Zach Randolph's 30 points and 13 rebounds as they overcame the Thunder to force a Game Seven. There is little doubt that this series has been one of the most exciting and least expected in recent NBA history. Few expected the Grizzlies to get even a win or two in the first round, let alone eliminate the No. 1 seed Spurs and them push the No. 4 seed Thunder to a final game.
Sportsbook NBA odds list the Thunder as the 6.5 point favorites to defeat the Grizzlies in Game Seven. I believe it will be very difficult for the Thunder to cover a 6.5-point spread, especially as the Grizzlies match up with the Thunder so well, and were so effective at shutting down KD in Game Six. The game is set to begin at 3:30 PM ET on Sunday.