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Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder: Preseason Game Four Preview

Memphis wants to build on their last win and will face the rejuvenated Thunder tonight

NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder

WHEN: 7:00 PM CT

WHERE: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: TV Information Not Available - 92.9 FM ESPN Memphis

After a convincing win against the Sixers last Tuesday, the Memphis Grizzlies play against the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight. Memphis certainly wants to continue their winning ways while still getting acclimated to their new systems. This will be the fourth game of the preseason for both teams, who are 2-1 and 1-2 respectively.

New Grizzlies coach David Fizdale's footprint has already impacted the game’s pace and the number of three point shots taken by the Grizzlies. The team seems to be quickly adapting to the new style. In the last game, Memphis scored 121 points in total and made 13 for 29 from beyond the arc (44.8%). In this respect, the bigs have been encouraged to shoot the three often. Marc Gasol made his only try and Zach Randolph, who came off the bench once again, was four for six.

After their season ending injuries, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol have shown to be fully healthy for the new season (as of now) with reasonably good performances during this preseason. It is definitely early good news for Grizzlies fans who feared a drop in their numbers.

With only three games left in the preseason, this will be again another chance for several players to fight for a roster spot. Troy Williams was undoubtedly the best player on the floor against the Sixers at times last Tuesday (22 points). DJ Stephens has been impressive both in the Summer League and the preseason, and it looks like he could develop into a reliable 3+D player. Wayne Selden had some decent moments, especially when dropping the dagger three down the stretch against Orlando in the first preseason game.

Some players will not be available for tonight's game including Chandler Parsons, Jordan Adams, Jarell Martin and Brandan Wright. Tony Allen, who has missed all preseason games, is considered day-to-day.

Life after Durant

The rejuvenated Oklahoma City Thunder will play their first season ever without Kevin Durant, who signed with Golden State Warriors during the postseason. The Thunder are now rebuilding around their star Russell Westbrook with young and promising players such as former ACB players Alex Abrines and Domantas Sabonis. The latter was acquired in the trade that sent shot blocker and long standing Thunder Serge Ibaka to Orlando for Ersan Ilyasova and Victor Oladipo.

The Thunder are back in the States after playing two games overseas, more specifically in Spain. They lost the first one against Real Madrid after blowing a 22 point lead.

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