By Shayden Smith
Is it just me, or do the Memphis Grizzlies look like a bunch of guys who just recently got out of the hospital for injuries? Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph look like they can barely run up and down the court, and I am pretty sure it physically pains them to jump. Chandler Parsons looks like he’s in pain the entire game. Well, let’s be honest, he probably is hurting the whole game because of his knee. One of the Grizzlies best looking players is a 40-year-old man. Vince Carter may be old, but he still makes the game of basketball look so easy. This group of injured old people came into OKC Friday night to take on the much more healthy Thunder. Well, except for that guy who fought the chair.
The Thunder and the Grizzlies have an infamous track record of extremely close games. And Friday night didn’t disappoint. All-stars Marc Gasol and Russell Westbrook went head to head once again. So who came out victorious? Let’s just say, Westbrook had another monster game. Not only did Westbrook achieve his 25th triple-double of the season, with 38 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists, but he also hit two huge threes down the stretch to seal the Thunders 29th victory of the season.
Friday night was yet another game without that chair hater who we all love. The Thunder has been struggling to produce bench scoring without Enes Kanter in the lineup, but Friday night was a different story. Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow both had excellent games off the bench. Lauvergne had 16 points, off six of seven shooting, and grabbed eight rebounds. Morrow was looking like the fastest gun in the west again, with 15 points off five of seven shooting. If Morrow would learn how to move without the ball like that of J.J. Redick, he would be unstoppable.
With no Kyle Singler Friday night for the Thunder, it looked impossible to come out with a victory, but with some Westbrook heroics and some good contributions from off the bench, the Thunder were able to come out on top. The Thunder down the Grizzlies in another exciting close game 114 – 102.