MEMPHIS (Sporting Alert) — After taking Game 2 level up the series at 1-1, the Memphis Grizzlies head home on Saturday confident of taking the lead in the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder at FedExForum.
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When: 5:00 PM ET, May 11, 2013
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, TN
Zach Randolph, who is averaging 19.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, will again team with star center Marc Gasol, who scored 24 points in Game 2 victory, as the Grizzlies look to utilize its big men once again.
The every energetic Tony Allen and Mike Conley, who collected a team high 26 points grabbed 10 rebounds and 9 assists in the 99-93 win in the last outing are also in the starting team and Thunder coach Scott Brooks has told his team to prepare for another tough game.
“They have a very good team that has an inside-outside attack,” Brooks said.
“We have to make sure that we control Conley much better than we did in the second game.
“Our bigs, our smalls, our wings, everybody’s going to have to do a great job defensively to stop them from getting on a run.”
Tayshaun Prince starts also for Memphis.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder, without All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, will be looking to star forward Kevin Durant to carry the team once again and he hopes he and his teammates can survive whatever the hosts have to throw at them.
Kevin Martin, after shooting 57-percent and scored 25 points and 7 rebounds in Game 1 win, was very disappointing in Game 2 after going 2-for-11 from the field for just six points.
The Thunder will also be hoping that Serge Ibaka, who is struggling with just 6-for-22 shooting for 27 percent in this series, to come good for the first time in this Western Conference semi-final clash.
“I don’t think we’ve fallen off track,” Durant said. “We dug ourselves a hole.
“We’ve just got to go in there and worry about the next game and take it a possession at a time.”
Reggie Jackson, Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrik Perkins will join Durant and Ibaka in the starting team.