|Western Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 6 - MEM Leads 3-2|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||-5.4||1-3||3-2||98.2||44.0||39.7%||59.8||96.8||42.8||41.9%||56.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||105.7||53.3||39-83||46.6%||8-23||35.6%||20-25||80.7%||53||11||22||23||8||15||6|
|vs opponents surrendering||101.1||50.5||38-83||45.5%||8-21||35.8%||18-23||75.8%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||104.1||52.0||38-83||45.5%||8-24||33.8%||20-24||81.8%||53||11||20||23||8||15||6|
|Stats Against (All Games)||99.6||49.3||36-84||43.5%||8-23||35.6%||18-25||72.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||4|
|vs opponents averaging||101.3||50.5||38-83||45.5%||8-21||36.0%||18-24||75.3%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||100.8||49.6||37-84||43.8%||8-24||34.9%||19-25||75.1%||51||11||22||20||9||14||4|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||+3.8||3-1||3-2||96.8||42.8||41.9%||56.8||98.2||44.0||39.7%||59.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||96.2||46.1||38-82||46.2%||5-14||35.0%||15-21||73.8%||51||12||22||19||8||13||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||101.6||50.8||38-84||45.4%||8-22||35.8%||18-24||75.3%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||98.4||47.4||39-82||46.8%||5-15||36.1%||16-21||74.8%||51||12||22||20||8||13||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||94.8||46.2||36-80||44.7%||8-21||35.0%||16-21||77.1%||48||10||20||19||7||14||5|
|vs opponents averaging||102.3||51.3||38-83||45.6%||8-22||36.1%||18-24||76.1%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||95.9||46.3||36-80||44.6%||8-22||35.9%||17-22||76.7%||47||10||19||20||7||14||5|
|Average power rating of opponents played: OKLAHOMA CITY 96.2, MEMPHIS 96.4|
|4/9/2014||@ LA CLIPPERS||107-101||W||3.5||W||212||U||38-90||42.2%||55||8||36-86||41.9%||66||16|
|4/14/2014||@ NEW ORLEANS||89-101||L||-8.5||L||204||U||31-77||40.3%||54||16||35-79||44.3%||48||10|
|5/1/2014||@ MEMPHIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/28/2014||@ GOLDEN STATE||93-100||L||2.5||L||186||O||41-81||50.6%||41||9||40-81||49.4%||50||12|
|4/6/2014||@ SAN ANTONIO||92-112||L||7||L||191||O||38-86||44.2%||44||14||43-77||55.8%||45||15|
|4/13/2014||@ LA LAKERS||102-90||W||-12||T||209.5||U||42-88||47.7%||57||17||35-80||43.7%||39||15|
|4/19/2014||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||86-100||L||8||L||190.5||U||33-91||36.3%||59||6||34-76||44.7%||58||12|
|4/21/2014||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||111-105||W||6.5||W||190||O||43-87||49.4%||51||9||37-93||39.8%||55||8|
|4/29/2014||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||100-99||W||7.5||W||185.5||O||37-87||42.5%||56||9||36-92||39.1%||61||17|
|5/1/2014||OKLAHOMA CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|OKLAHOMA CITY: GUARDS: RUSSELL WESTBROOK is going to likely miss the first 4-to-6 weeks of the regular season after getting another procedure done on Oct. 1 to reduce swelling on his knee. It will probably take him some time to get rid of the rust of not playing all summer . . . THABO SEFOLOSHA should play even more minutes this season with Kevin Martin gone. He has added a three-point shot to his repertoire . . . REGGIE JACKSON could end up absorbing a lot of the minutes that went to James Harden two years ago and Martin last season. But he's nowhere near the offensive threat . . . JEREMY LAMB will push Jackson for that sixth-man role. He's dominated against lesser competition . . . DEREK FISHER will get minutes as a player/coach. FORWARDS: KEVIN DURANT may have to take on an even bigger role in the regular season as the Thunder try to replace Kevin Martin's offensive production. Either way, he's the MVP among the league's non-LeBrons . . . SERGE IBAKA has had his postseason issues and still struggles defensively outside of rim protection, but he has added value with his mid-range shooting . . . NICK COLLISON's biggest skill is his ability to take charges. He'll continue to log big minutes at the four and five as a glue guy . . . One of two very raw young players, PERRY JONES III and ANDRE ROBERSON, has a chance for playing time on a thin team. CENTERS: KENDRICK PERKINS was a disaster in last year's postseason, but still provides the kind of low-post muscle the Thunder look for . . . Rookie STEVEN ADAMS could take over for Perkins down the road, but he's too raw to make an impact this year . . . HASHEEM THABEET fills out the final roster spot.|
|MEMPHIS: GUARDS: MIKE CONLEY has steadily improved every season. He's now a borderline All-Star point guard . . . TONY ALLEN is back as the defensive half of Memphis' SG platoon. He's a favorite of new head coach David Joerger, the mastermind of the Grizzlies' suffocating defense as an assistant . . . JERRYD BAYLESS is on the cusp of being one of the NBA's top sixth men. He's the only pure scorer they have on the perimeter . . . MIKE MILLER's minutes will be limited in the regular season, but he's still an effective bench option with his long-range shooting . . . Ultra-athletic rookie JAMAAL FRANKLIN seems like a future rotation guy if/when he grasps Joerger's defensive schemes. FORWARDS: ZACH RANDOLPH has taken a back seat to Marc Gasol, but Z-Bo is still a dangerous low-post scorer. He might give way to Ed Davis a little more often when Memphis needs defense . . . TAYSHAUN PRINCE brought another quality defender to Memphis at last season's trade deadline. He's no better than a fifth option on offense, though . . . QUINCY PONDEXTER is one of the only shooters Memphis has, and he seems ready for a bigger role after a strong postseason performance. If nothing else, he's the heir apparent to Prince . . . ED DAVIS seems ready for a bigger role, but it's not coming behind Randolph and Gasol. He's a back-up for at least one more season . . . JON LEUER gives the Grizzlies another savvy reserve big. CENTERS: He's a bit overrated defensively (good, but not Defensive Player of the Year good), but MARC GASOL has emerged as the centerpiece of the Memphis offense. He's one of the league's best passing big men, to go along with some skill in the post . . . KOSTA KOUFOS gives them another 7-footer who can move the ball, though his role will be much smaller than it was in Denver.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NBA PLAYOFF PREVIEW (OKLAHOMA CITY-MEMPHIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates with edits to headline. Should stand. With AP Photos.)
*Thunder-Grizzlies Preview* ===========================
Oklahoma City At Memphis, Game Six, 8:00 p.m. EDT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Mike Miller has a sobering story for his Grizzlies' teammates to keep them from celebrating prematurely now that Memphis has a chance to eliminate Oklahoma City.
While with Miami, the Heat trailed the Celtics 3-2 in 2012 going into Boston - but rallied to win the game and the series.
Miller said Wednesday his message is simple: This Western Conference series is far from over. Memphis hosts Game 6 on Thursday night.
"Still a race to four," Miller said. "We like where we are, but we have a lot of stuff we have to accomplish yet."
The Grizzlies grabbed a 3-2 lead in this first-round series pulling out a 100-99 overtime win Tuesday night in Oklahoma City when Serge Ibaka couldn't shoot off a rebound before time expired. Now Memphis can become only the second No. 7 seed in the NBA to take down a No. 2 seed in a best-of-seven series, joining the Spurs who beat Dallas in 2010.
That would be only the latest highlight in a drama-filled series featuring a record four consecutive overtime games. The Grizzlies have blown leads in each game that went to overtime before winning three, and they also have given up a late four-point play in three games to three different players.
"I'm getting tired of it," Grizzlies guard Tony Allen said of all the extra work. "Hopefully, we do the things we need to do to try to avoid that, and that's taking care of the ball down the stretch."
The Thunder are on the brink of being eliminated in the first round for the first time since 2010 when a young Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook lost to the Lakers. Now Oklahoma City had the NBA's second-best record in the regular season and Durant and Westbrook both are All-Stars, yet both struggling to shoot against Memphis.
The Grizzlies have held Oklahoma City below 40 percent shooting for four straight games, the longest such streak in franchise history. Durant is averaging 28 points a game but was 10 of 24 for 26 points in Game 5. He also didn't shoot even once during a 6-minute stretch in the fourth quarter.
"The great ones just continue to focus on the next game," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of Durant. "He's a great one. He's one of the greatest players in the world. He has to be able to continue to step up and take those shots, and he will. I have the utmost respect for his game."
Durant has been playing more minutes every game, including all but 75 seconds Tuesday night. Westbrook had a triple-double playing 48 minutes, while Marc Gasol was on the court a team-high 46 minutes for Memphis.
Brooks is trying to rally his Thunder for a trip back to Memphis where they won Game 4 to take back home-court advantage.
"We have a great opportunity to go in there and give ourselves a chance to win," Brooks said. "We've done that in every game in this series."
Oklahoma City tried to sign Miller last summer only to lose him to Memphis, and the veteran has some unfinished business here after being on the Grizzlies' first three playoff teams that lost an NBA-worst 12 straight. He had his best game in this series scoring 21 off the bench in Game 6, including two 3s in overtime.
The fourth overtime prompted someone to text Miller asking if the Grizzlies could make it easier for their fans.
"That wouldn't be the Memphis Grizzlies' style," Miller said, "but we'll take them however we get them."
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 7:51:00 PM EST|