MEMPHIS, Tenn. —
The Grizzlies have plenty to think about after being outworked at their own game by the Thunder on Saturday for the first time in this series. Oklahoma City outrebounded Memphis 51-44 with a 14-5 edge on the offensive boards, and the Thunder also had a 44-30 edge on points in the paint. Randolph had only eight points.
“We weren’t taking good shots,” Memphis center Marc Gasol said. “We were not moving the ball. We were not attacking the paint. We were settling too much.”
For all that the Thunder did well, they spent Sunday trying to regain confidence shooting the ball after their worst performance this postseason both shooting and scoring. A team that ranked third in the NBA scoring at 105.7 points a game shot only 36.4 percent Saturday with Durant joining teammates in missing wide-open shots.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks doesn’t want his players worrying about the shots they missed and only about what they put up next.
“This is a broken record, but I know we can hit shots,” Brooks said. “I’ve seen the ball go in the basket many, many times with our team, and I have confidence that will happen and hopefully soon.”
Kevin Martin, who had 25 points in Oklahoma City’s win in Game 1, was 6 of 17 for 13 points Saturday. Serge Ibaka had 13 points but missed a couple dunks, layups and wide-open jumpers in shooting 6 of 17.
For a second straight game, Oklahoma City went cold down the stretch. Derek Fisher, who had hit 6 of 8 beyond the arc, looked much more like the 38-year-old guard who left the game earlier this season. He was 1 of 5 from 3-point range, the lone 3 coming with 1:58 left to tie up Memphis for the last time at 81.
“We realize the only thing missing right now is us making shots, and that’s something we’ve been doing all year,” Martin said.
Durant insists he can do more.
“I have to put them in better position,” Durant said. “I have to make shots to free them up. I have to continue to help their confidence grow every time down. I got to do a better job. That’s how I look at it.”
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