The Memphis Grizzlies pushed their winning streak to six games and are now winners of 10 of their last 11 after thumping the Oklahoma City Thunder 85-74 at FedExForum. Here are my three takeaways from the win:
1) Mike Conley is Back and Still Good at Basketball
Mike Conley returned to the starting lineup after missing the last two games with his wrist injury, and put forth a solid effort in his return to the court. Conley didn't have the biggest night in the box score, posting 10 points, two rebounds, and three assists on 4-12 shooting, but made an impact right from the opening tip by knocking down a righty floater to open the scoring and then adding two more three-pointers in the first quarter.
Conley played 29 minutes, and got some rest with Dave Joerger riding a hot all-bench lineup featuring Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih throughout a large portion of the second half.
Conley also did this, which was okay, I guess:
2) Westbrook and Durant Struggled
Jeff Green guarded Kevin Durant for most of the night, and KD couldn't buy a bucket. Durant scored 15 points on 5-16 from the field, and most of the shots he did make didn't come easy, with Green bodying him up and getting in his face all night. One of the major question marks with Green coming to Memphis was his defense, but he was totally locked in against arguably the toughest cover in the entire league tonight.
The poor shooting wasn't limited to Durant, as Russell Westbrook also tossed brick after brick towards the rim in a 14-point, 5-16 shooting performance. Westbrook settled for pull-ups and mid-range jump shots most of the game, and never could find a way to get them to fall.
3) Jet Green is Cleared for Takeoff
Thank you for flying Jet Green