Oklahoma City Thunder (8-2, 3-1 road) at Memphis Grizzlies (3-5, 2-1 Home)
Well, some stuff has changed since the last time the Thunder and the Grizzlies took the floor. Oklahoma City lost Eric Maynor for the season and the Grizzlies lost Zach Randolph for 6-8 weeks (about 5-7 weeks now).
Grizzlies are 3-3 since the last time they faced the Thunder, and have struggled rebounding as the cause of Randolph being out. Not to mention the Bulls beat the pants off the Grizzlies by 40 on the day Randolph was hurt. Looks like Mike Conley will play tonight as well. He was injured early in the first matchup.
Oklahoma City with the loss of Eric Maynor looked to miss no beats as they smoked San Antonio Sunday night. While the loss of Maynor is significant, rookie Reggie Jackson stood in his place well enough to help OKC get the big victory.
Keys to the game
Offensively and defensive rebounds are critical tonight. Especially with the Grizzlies minus one of the best rebounders in the league, Oklahoma City should be able to do well on the boards if they do what they’re supposed to do. However, if they continue to get lazy, this could be a very big issue in tonight’s ball game.
His first road game is going to be key. He’s going to see the same amount of minutes from Sunday. However, he’ll have to be just as good if he wants to help this team win. Maynor was always key against the Grizzlies in sustaining the lead or being able to battle back.
Sounds pretty understood. However, since the Randolph injury, Memphis is just shooting 42.3% compared to the 46.5% before the injury. Oklahoma City could easily shoot 43-44% and win this game if they can play some decent defense.