NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 14th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (40-41) at Oklahoma City Thunder (49-32), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Losers of two straight and four of their last five games, the Oklahoma City Thunder hope to work some of the kinks out tonight versus the Memphis Grizzlies before their date with destiny in the upcoming playoffs.
Oklahoma City is slated to face the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers when the postseason begins this weekend, and hasn't been playing like a playoff team lately. In a 103-95 decision at Portland on Monday, MVP candidate and NBA leading scorer Kevin Durant scored a team-high 30 points for the eighth-seeded Thunder, who got 17 points from Jeff Green.
"We have to take the opportunity to go there and play hard," Durant said of the matchup with the Lakers. "Nobody expected us to even be here."
Durant is averaging 30.1 ppg, while Russell Westbrook contributed 11 points and seven rebounds in a losing cause. James Harden added 12 points.
The Thunder are 26-14 at the Ford Center this season.
Memphis has dropped two in a row and five of its last six games, and suffered a 123-101 defeat at the hands of the Denver Nuggets on Monday.
Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 22 points, while Sam Young scored 18 in the loss. Zach Randolph and O.J. Mayo ended with 12 points apiece for Memphis.
"[It was] the last home game and they were very excited and came out with a lot of energy. I think we played well for a good two quarters. The second half we just let it get away," said Conley.
The Grizz, who were in the running for a playoff spot, are 17-23 away from FedEx Forum this season.
The 2009-10 season series between Memphis and Oklahoma City is tied at a game apiece. These two clubs have split the previous eight meetings at the Ford Center.
04/14 10:42:03 ET