On Monday night, NBA fans can watch the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Memphis Grizzlies game two live online as they continue a fierce two versus seven seed series. So far, the 2014 NBA playoffs have been full of upsets. The Thunder were the only top seed to get a win on Saturday, though Sunday’s games put the balance back in the top seeds favor.
Those who were able to watch the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Memphis Grizzlies live online on Saturday saw the kind of playoff basketball that NBA fans love. Behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder owned the first half. They built a 56-34 lead that proved to be too much to overcome. Even as the Grizzlies came storming back with a 31 point third quarter, the deficit was just too much.
So what changed in the third quarter to give Memphis an advantage? Zach Randolph believes it was their ability to play defense. “We got stops,” Randolph said after the 100-86 loss. “We played our style of basketball. We were getting stops and pushing the ball up and getting back on defense, getting back in transition and slowing down them running off and getting fast breaks.” The question is, where were those stops in the other three quarters?
Kevin Durant is a man on a mission in the 2014 NBA playoffs. It has been well documented that Durant is tired of being second best. It is most certainly not lost on the Thunder and Durant that they are again the two seed and if they should make it to the NBA finals and face the Miami Heat, they will be considered underdogs. Durant is sure to show up for game two and entertain those who watch the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Memphis Grizzlies live online.
If game one is any indication of how this series will go, the Grizzlies will give the Thunder some spurts of quality basketball. Unfortunately, the Thunder are too hungry and too athletic for the Grizzlies to really compete in a best of seven series. Waiting for the winner of this series will be either the Los Angeles Clippers or the Golden State Warriors. As that series is shaping up to be a battle, either the Grizzlies or the Thunder should expect a difficult round two opponent.
As the 2014 NBA playoffs continue, fans can tune in to watch the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies game two live online streaming by clicking here.
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