Grizzlies-Thunder: Who Should Mavs Fans Be Rooting For?

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Ah, the bad ol' days. Hilarious.
While the Mavs were sleeping last night, they might have won another playoff game. How's that?

Because over in Memphis the Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder played only the sixth triple-overtime game in NBA playoff history. On the heels of Saturday's overtime win by Memphis, OKC survived last night's marathon thriller, 133-123.

End result: With the Mavs resting in the wake of a their shocking sweep of the Lakers, their opponent in the Western Conference Finals is locked in a grueling, exhausting series tied at 2-2.

Play on, boys. Play on.

If the Grizzlies-Thunder series goes to a Game 7, the Mavs will host Game 1 of the West Finals Tuesday at 8 p.m. If it ends in six, the Mavs start the West Finals Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

The Thunder got 40 points (on 33 shots) by point guard Russell Westbrook and 35 from NBA leading scorer Kevin Durant, while the Grizzlies blew an 18-point lead on their home court despite 34 points and 16 rebounds from Zach Randolph and a 26-21 night from Pau Gasol's brother, Marc.

The teams play contrasting styles. Which makes for a fascinating series, and an intriguing opponent for Dallas.

The Thunder win with youth and athleticism, led by Westbrook and Durant. Westbrook is the aggressive, penetrating type of shoot-first point guard -- like Chris Paul -- who has given Jason Kidd fits in the recent past. Westbrook's decision-making is wacko at times, however; he, not Durant, took two overtime-ending shots last night and somehow the league's leading scorer went a stretch of 9 1/2 minutes without a shot attempt.

The Grizzlies are an old-school inside-out team, anchored by an interior big tandem of Randolph/Gasol who made the Spurs' Tim Duncan look not just old, but decrepit.

Despite a 1-3 record against Memphis this season, I think the Grizzlies are the more favorable matchup. The Mavs lost two games at home to Memphis by a combined two points and dropped a game at the FedEx Forum in Dirk Nowitzki's first game back from his knee injury.

The Mavs were 2-1 against OKC, but both win wins came before Jan. 1 and Caron Butler's season-ending knee injury. Unlike Memphis, the Thunder have two scorers who can win playoffs games all by themselves.

Dallas, which will be heavily favored in either series, is in for two different scenarios. The Mavs' advantage against the Grizzlies would be depth; versus the Thunder, experience.

Lots of basketball to be played in these playoffs. The Mavs are only halfway to the finish line. But as we speak this morning, the leaders in the clubhouse are the Mavs and, yep, those Miami Heat.

Destiny?


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jj barea's t-rex arms
jj barea's t-rex arms

the only thing that could make that pic gayer would be midgie whitt and his thin, black necklace, his antiquated livestrong bracelet and his jr high ear ring.

the only problem wouldve been whether or not the photog could cropp the phonebooks out of the pic

Rds731
Rds731

Don't know how the series with Memphis will turn out, but I hope the thunder win. I always like the chance to beat Texas!! Now I know someone on here will insist that it won't happen, and it might not. But it's still fun to consider the possibility.

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

That picture is disturbing.

I don't want to think about Destiny. Keep proving it. I really don't like thinking about which of those 2 the Mavs are going to face. I don't prefer one over the other. Study the opponents and prepare for either of them. Until that trophy is in hand there are too many things that can go bad. Do not F this up. I think they feel that way too. Prepare for either one of them and dissect them while you are getting rested up.

I am really hating 930 starts.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Another thing, doesn't Nash look like a young Clint Eastwood in that hat?

Portly Pete
Portly Pete

I like that I-35 series coming up. Maybe run up there for a basketball game, Redhawks game, and then over to Irma's burger shack for a beef, fried egg, bacon, sausage, ham and grilled cheese burger.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Kerg, fake Kerg, double fake Kerg, alternate dimension evil Kergo, whoever you are, shup up about the Red Sox. I'd rather see posts from Cliff Lee's wife again. I like the Sox just fine, but the only thing they have in common with the Rangers is the league and the color red. Go walk the shores of Lake Lavon and count the dead trees sticking out of the water or something.

I'd rather see Memphis come out of a tough, tiring 7 game series. I think Merky Merk is right and Memphis is nothing but Randolph and some guys. Can they handle 2 tough series and then the pressure of the conference finals as an 8 seed? I'm not so sure. Durant is scary good and still getting better.

kill shot bubba
kill shot bubba

Redsox 17-18....stock is rising fast as pitching staff are gettings legs, and hitting is "fittin'" to bloom, thanks to Jed Lowery and Carl Crawford (2 walk off hits in 9 days). This team has speed, defense and the moxy to mount another championship run. Never doubt the heart of a champion!

Rangers 18-18....the Temple will be down to 20,000 a night by June 1 as this "swoon" continues. Poor red shoes, lost like 17 out of 20; and thank god ya'll took Beltre from us-that's all 16 mil gets? Between Beltre's 16 and Mike Young's 16, you could have signed Cliff LeeAND another quality pitcher/good hitter. _________Welp, atleast I'll be able to go to the Temple soon and stand up during the game; I've been to two games and heard "down in front" atleast 30 times. Who sits at a sporting event? People in Dallas that don't REALY like sports, but, really enjoy being SEEN.

Kergie Out? No (like Tom Petty).

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Holy S i'm dragging ass after staying up till 1230 watching that game. Those two teams are fun to watch, I hate the Grizz for beating the Spurs but Randolph will have his way with anyone they play. And just when you get him to miss a shot, that huge Spaniard is there to tippy toe tip the miss in, and vice versa. I honestly don't know how Memphis has kept this thing going, if I'm the Mavs I'd want OKC.

kill shot bubba
kill shot bubba

now I know for sure that Cube's is queer.

Kergon out?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Im not rooting either way, but doesnt it seem that the Grizzlies have Randolph and a bunch of spares? None of their players are considered top players in the NBA and OKC has 2. I dont think it matter s either way, Im taking the Mavs in 5, regardless of who they play. And I thought all the games were at 8 pm CDT

Edit:upon further review I was worng on start times but what doesnt make sense is, if the series is over in 6, the mavs play sunday, tuesday then take 3 days off to travel to Mem/okc, but if the series goes 7, they play every other day for the whole sereis, the NBA scheduling is the dumbest shit in the world

corby's backpack fullaweed
corby's backpack fullaweed

With that photo I tell you, there's faggotry afoot. Davey Crockett wouldn't stand for this shit.

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

Think that was the first time Dirk mounted Cuban?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Here I thought that since the mavs had finished the lakers I was done with 9:30 games and going to sleep at 1 am but my dumbass turns on the OKC game and cant turn away, couldnt go to sleep. It felt like those idiots kept missing just to piss me off, but once I was invested in regulation I wasnt missing OT, and whodathunk greivis vasquez the maryland spare woud figure into the game

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

As kergo wold say, iffin you gones eat that shit, I imagine you are a perfect pin up for chicks of walmart, grab you a trailer chick too, A fun game to play with her would be count the nipple hair, bet she has more of that than teeth

kill shot bubba
kill shot bubba

somebody is getting testy! a lake lavon walk sounds nifty......actually, I'm headin' to Texoma to go fishin' below the dam

Lance in Frisco
Lance in Frisco

The reason we yell "down in front" is to impress the hoochies" we are with. That way I can flex my golden guns, and scare everyone with my tribal tatoo. See, I'm extreme, before a game I'll totally drink like 6 Redbulls, then slam 6 Coors Lights, then do a line of coke off my stripper date. TOTALLY FUCKING EXTREME! Then we drive down the tollway at 110, practicing my nunchuk skills and working on my abs, in my Beemer my parents rented for me. Then I yell "down in front" again and point to my Affliction shirt, so everyone knows I mean CRAZY "bidness". EXTREME!!!!!!!!!

Ya'll think I'm cool right?

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I cut bait after the 2nd ot..figured I'd had enough. Zach is a monster against us and we tend to give Durant fits...I'd prefer OKC, eff them sooners.

The Kid
The Kid

Can you let me know where you got that info? I'm seeing conflicting reports on the days/start times for Games 1 and 2. Thanks

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

First thing I thought was, "If'n I didn't know any better, I'd say those three guys are gay". Also, it's Davy, not Davey.

Portly Pete
Portly Pete

"bet she has more of that than teeth"

And that's a bad?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Well I guess if you prefer nipple hair over teeth, you've cemented your place on this board as they typical Walmarter hillbilly looney tunes shirt wearing kego stereo type

kill shot bubba
kill shot bubba

Richie?

is this a joke?

are you drunk? it's too early to drink!

atleast follow the 5PM rule in the future (noon on the weekends)

on vacation, you can drink up until 5AM, then rest for an hour, then start up at 6AM-just don't drive!___________________

ok, now sober up, Fat Pete.

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