May 16, 2013
Grizzlies exposed Thunder to reach West final
By FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (R) talks to guard Reggie Jackson (L) as they play the Memphis Grizzlies in the second half of Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference semifinal playoffs in Oklahoma City. (REUTERS/Bill Waugh)

A lot was said, and quite naturally, a lot was made when the Memphis Grizzlies parted ways with Rudy Gay in a multi-player swap involving the Raptors and Pistons.

At the time, no one thought Memphis had taken a step back, despite peddling a player the franchise would use a lottery pick to acquire.

The Grizzlies play this grind-it-out style that is playoff basketball at its purest, a pace that demands the ball go into the post first and then force opponents to either play straight up or send an extra defender.



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