Are the Memphis Grizzlies a live dog on Sunday night when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder at 7:00 p.m. ET? The expectation is that Anthony and Russell Westbrook (ankle) will both go through Tuesday's morning shootaround to test out the injury before a final decision is made on their availability, so look out for another update following that session.
In their absence, the Thunder struggled offensively Friday in a blowout loss to the Lakers, but Paul George led the way Sunday with 33 points and eight assists. "The Thunder also made 16 on January 29, 2014 at Miami".
Marc Gasol scored 18 points, and JaMychal Green added 14 for the Grizzlies. Oklahoma City ended up tying a franchise record with 16 threes in a game and won 110-92 in a solid team effort. The Oklahoma City Thunder are -1 over the Cleveland Cavaliers assuming Russell Westbrook plays for the home team.
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Oklahoma City is 26th in the league with 21.0 assists per game while Memphis is 27th with 20.9 assists per game.
On the other side, George should continue to rack up the numbers as long as Westbrook and Anthony are gone.
The Thunder is 9th in ESPN's latest batch of power rankings: "Not only is Paul George leading the league in steals, he also leads in deflections by a wide margin".
Berry Tramel on Alex Abrines' shooting and how it ignited the win over Memphis: "Abrines nailed all four of his first-half 3-point shots and scored 16 first-half points". We've worked together. Where I got the most heat and truth was I played a couple of years of high school basketball in Oklahoma and my ex-teammates were sending me OKC police tweets and all of that kind of stuff, I favorited the tweet about a couple of weeks ago. "I like what he brings", Lue said. "Obviously, they have guys who are capable shooters but we just didn't do a good enough job off the ball defensively to help one another". While beating the tanking Grizzlies short-handed is one thing, it'll be a completely different proposition to overcome a LeBron James-led Cavs team that has a renewed sense of energy following their flurry of trade deadline deals. Paul Pierce had his jersey retired by the Celtics....