OKLAHOMA CITY (Sporting Alert) — Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City Thunder entertain the Memphis Grizzlies in must win game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday night.
The Thunder, last year’s beaten NBA finalists, returns home down 3-1 to the Grizzlies in their Western Conference semi-final and must win tonight’s Game 5 or the season is over for Scott Brooks’ side.
With All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook done for the rest of the season, star forward Durant has been carrying of Oklahoma City, but he needs help.
Durant is averaging almost 31 points per game in this series, but he believes he can do more.
He said after the defeat in Game 3: “I felt worse than anybody for not coming through for our guys.”
The likes of Serge Ibaka, who many believe need to step it up in the series, alongside Kevin Martin and the others, have been playing the supporting role Brooks would have liked.
But it’s Durant, who is taken it the hardest.
“He’s hard on himself,” Brooks said. “He wants to make every right play.
“And he can do it. A lot of guys can’t do it that want to do it. But he can do it, and he does.”
The Memphis Grizzlies, led by their big men Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, who combined for 46 points and 23 rebounds in the 103-97 victory in Game 4, will start slight favourites to close out the season on the road.
Point guard Mike Conley, who scored 24 points in the Game 4 win, is also in good touch and is expected to a key figure for Memphis.