Game 3: Thunder needs to move & play defense

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MEMPHIS – The Thunder is hours away from game #3 of their NBA Playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies here in Tennessee.

For the 3rd straight time, the teams have met in the playoffs.

The series is tied 1-1 after the opening pair of games but OKC has already committed the “can’t do,”which is losing a home game.

So for the Thunder to win tonight, they *must* move the ball better on offense.

As good as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are, those two all-stars can’t shoot the ball a combined 56 times every night for OKC to advance.

The other players have to help and the bench was thoroughly out-played in game #2 Monday in Oklahoma City.

Also, the Thunder players have to help free-up Durant on offense.

That means setting hard screens and getting in the way of Memphis defender Tony Allen, the former Oklahoma State star, who hasn’t kept Durant from scoring, but he’s made KD work for *everything*.

Allen’s defensive pressure has disrupted the entire Thunder offense.

Want a history lesson?

In best-of-7 NBA playoff series, tied at 1-1 in the 3rd game of that series over the years, the Thunder is 0-4, the *worst* record for any team in the NBA in that situation.

The mission in Memphis is clear: OKC MUST WIN TONIGHT or they’ll fall behind in the series with game #4 set for Saturday night at 8:30pm, also here in Tennessee.

Before the game, several Thunder reserves – including Jeremy Lamb, Steven Adams, Hasheem Thabeet and Derek Fisher were out practicing on the FedEx Forum floor, while head coach Scott Brooks looked on intently.

Look for that “photo gallery” and continued Thunder playoff coverage here on and on NewsChannel 4.

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