Thunder vs. Grizzlies, NBA playoffs 2014: Game time, TV schedule, radio and more

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Down 2-1, the Thunder find themselves in a must-win situation against Memphis.

SB Nation 2014 NBA Playoff Bracket

Through three games, the Memphis Grizzlies have muddied up Oklahoma City's high-powered offense. The Thunder are scoring just 101.9 points per 100 possessions, according to, which is six points less than they produced in the regular season.

Now the Thunder find themselves with their backs against the walls and in a must-win situation on the road. If the Thunder lose, they'll face back-to-back elimination games before even having the chance to bring the series back to Oklahoma City for Game 7. If Memphis takes game four, they can close out at home in Game 6, while an OKC win would shift the momentum back to the Thunder.

It's clear that the Thunder aren't matching up well with the Grizzlies. Memphis has a flurry of long-armed, perimeter defenders to challenge Kevin Durant, although Tony Allen is best at it. Allen is a scrappy, balls-to-the-wall one-on-one defender who is confident enough to hassle any perimeter player. The rest of the team focuses on Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. Memphis basically ignores Thabo Sefalosha and Kendrick Perkins when the two are on the floor.

Oklahoma City is too reliant on Durant and Westbrook for its offense. The two are responsible for nearly 60 percent of the team's shot attempts through the first three games. Westbrook puts a ton of pressure on defenses with his relentless attacking, but he simply can't take shots like this:


That's an easy pass to an easy dunk that closes Memphis' lead to one point. But Westbrook shoot, missed and Oklahoma City lost out on an opportunity to pull closer. Reggie Jackson has taken a hit with Westbrook and Durant's increased usage. In the regular season, Jackson shot 11.5 times and averaged 13.1 points per game. But through three games, he's shot just 19 times total, netting only 15 points.

If there's anything the first three games of this series have taught us, it's that two players can't beat the Grizzlies.

TV Schedule: ESPN; 9:30 p.m. ET

Announcing crew: Mark Jones, Doris Burke and JA Adande

Local: SportsSouth, FS Oklahoma HD, ESPNR, WMFS, WWLS 98.1FM OKC


More from

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.