THUNDER AT GRIZZLIES, 5 P.M. ET

TV: ESPN

  • Grizzlies guard Mike Conley is coming off one of the greatest playoff performance in franchise history, having registered 26 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and nine assists in Memphis’ 99-93 Game 2 victory at Oklahoma City on Tuesday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Conley is the first Grizzlies player to lead the team outright in points, rebounds and assists in a playoff win. Pau Gasol led the team in all three categories in two playoff losses (against the Suns in 2005 and the Mavericks in 2006).
  • Entering this year’s postseason, NBA teams that took a 2-1 lead in seven-game series went on to win the series 82.1 percent of the time.
  • Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph is averaging 22.8 points and 8.8 rebounds in Memphis’ playoff wins this postseason as opposed to 14.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in losses.
  • After a 36-point Game 2 performance, Thunder forward Kevin Durant has now recorded 20-plus points in 34 straight playoff games. Michael Jordan is the last player to register a longer such streak in postseason play (47 consecutive games of 20-plus points from 1996-1998). For his career, Durant is averaging 33.3 points per game in the playoffs, and his 1,473 career playoff points have him third on the franchise’s all-time playoff scoring list behind Gus Williams (1,602) and Gary Payton (1,668).
  • Thunder center Kendrick Perkins has been a relative non-factor in the two postseason meetings with Memphis, averaging three points and 6.5 rebounds. Perkins has gone a combined 2 of 10 from the field in the two games with Oklahoma City looking to get more production out of its front line. Meanwhile, his counterpart, Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, is averaging 22 points and 7.5 rebounds in the two games.

Jason Smith

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