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Playoff GameThread: Grizzlies @ Thunder, Game 1

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Well, it's that time again. No, not 2011. Time for the second round of the playoffs, and time for the Grizzlies to travel to Oklahoma City and take on the Westbrook-less Thunder for a spot in the Western Conference Finals.

I think he's smiling at the lady from the Sprint commercial.
I think he's smiling at the lady from the Sprint commercial.
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We know the storylines here. Nick Collison and Zach Randolph are going to do battle down low. Mike Conley is going to have to capitalize on the absence of Russell Westbrook. Marc Gasol is going to have to keep Marc Gasol-ing. Tayshaun Prince is going to have to use those big pterodactyl wings to lock up Kevin Durant (well, to the extent possible).

With any luck, the Grizzlies can steal Game 1 and swing home court advantage in their favor for the rest of the series. If not, there are still plenty of games to play. This game is a tone-setter between two tired teams.

Let's talk it out!