This time there was no overtime. There was no drama. There were no four-point plays. No grit. No grind. Thursday night's win by the Thunder over the Memphis Grizllies was just an old-fashioned, wire-to-wire 20-point butt-kicking: 104-84.
Maybe we bluff a little?
Kevin Durant started fast and never slowed down. Russell Westbrook slashed and slammed. The Grizzlies' big men could do very little, as the Thunder blocked 11 shots. This was enhanced by the horrendous play of the Grizzlies small men, who couldn't buy a bucket. It was a horror show.
Coach Dave Joerger could find no answers as he went deep into his bench in the second half. Now, the Grizzlies return to Oklahoma City Saturday facing a do-or-die game. Win and advance to play the Clippers or Golden State. Lose and it's time to work on your golf game.
Editor's note: Kevin Lipe's game six post will be up later this morning.