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The biggest reason the Memphis Grizzlies stole a road win in Oklahoma City was Mr. Grit & Grind himself, Tony Allen.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook passes around Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 21, 2014.
He does what he always does, what he has since he played at Duke. Over and over he sprints, catches the ball and shoots, trying to simulate game conditions on the emptying American Airlines Arena court.
After controlling the first game with relative ease , the Thunder would have been feeling pretty good ahead of game 2. They were at home, the crowd at Chesapeake is one of the best in all of sports and they had seized momentum of the series in the first game.
Durant scored 36 points, mostly against Allen, in Oklahoma City's loss to Memphis in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.
The Toronto Raptors dropped their first playoff game in six years on Saturday, narrowly losing an afternoon affair that leaves plenty of question marks heading into Tuesday's Game 2. As with any playoff series, there are ample adjustments that can be made.
The pick-and-roll is a simple, classic offensive strategy. Teams across the league have been using the play for years, and the Memphis Grizzlies are no different.
The Clippers rolled over the Warriors 138-98. Blake Griffin led L.A. with 35 points in the most lopsided postseason win in franchise history.
The franchise of Julius Erving, Moses Malone and Wilt Chamberlain won 19 games and lost 63 this season.
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has been selected as the 2013-14 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, the league announced Monday.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen jumps up to grab a pass intended for Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, rear, in the first quarter of Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Monday.
The Phoenix Suns turned last year's 25-57 record into a 48-34 campaign this season, just missing the playoffs by one game.
The Atlanta Hawks may have entered the postseason with the worst record among all playoff teams at 38-44, but that was not on their mind Saturday night.
Excuse me for being a bit obtuse, but doesn't the logo of Toronto's basketball team depict a dinosaur? I guess that's why it took me a few looks at the infamous Toronto Sun headline prior to Saturday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals to get it.
Going into the 2014 offseason, the Nuggets have a roster likely to remain loaded up at or near the 15-player maximum.