Ok Memphis, you’re really in it to win it huh??
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Just keep counting Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies out. They revel in that underdog status.
Now the team few outside of Memphis ever noticed before this postseason has provided the NBA with the first Game 7 of these playoffs.
Randolph had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and the Grizzlies avoided elimination by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 95-83 Friday night to push their Western Conference semifinal to a deciding game.
“We just have to go out and do it again,” Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. “I know all of the pundits think it’s over. They’ve been saying we would win tonight, and Oklahoma City would win in seven, but it’s not over yet. We have to go win that game, and I’m looking forward to it.”
The Grizzlies had never won a game before when facing elimination, but that was back in 2004, 2005 and 2006, when they were swept out of the postseason each of those years. These Grizzlies are having not only the best playoff run in franchise history, but they now have won more games this postseason than any other No. 8 seed from the West.
Game 7 will be Sunday in Oklahoma City, with the winner advancing to play the well-rested Dallas Mavericks.
“This is where we want to be playing, Game 7, that one game to get to the Western Conference finals,” Randolph said. “It’s important. I feel good, but the job ain’t done yet. We know it’s going to be tough going to Oklahoma trying to win that game. We believe we can do it, and we’re committed.”
Game 7 is Sunday at 3:30pm EST, should be a helluva game, get your popcorn ready!