Its a done deal for Memphis Grizzlies!. Grizzlies advance to Western Conference Finals after beating OKC Thunder at Game 5 of their series by the score of 88-84 Wednesday night.
OKC's lose is very much evident and expected with the performance of their star player. Kevin Durant didn't shoot that well at their home court. It feels like he is undergoing a severe pressure that made his shooting a bit tight that night. KD managed to score 21 points with a miserable 5 of 21 shooting (one of the lowest percentage of his pro league career). According to a Fantasy Basketball bloger and analyst:
Kevin Durant had a rough night shooting the basketball, as it looked like he played with the weight of incredible pressure on top of his shoulders all game long. He ended the game by scoring 21 points on 5 of 21 shooting, which ranks as the third worst postseason performance of his NBA career. On top of that, Durant missed a 16-foot jump shot with six seconds remaining to tie the game.
|Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives as Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies defends during Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on May 11, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee. Jamie Squire/Getty Images via sports.nationalpost.com|
If Kevin Durant didn't shoot that well, it's a different story for Memphis Grizzlies superstar Zach Randolph. Z-Bo scored 28 points (led all scorers of both team) with 14 rebounds. Mike Conley contributed a convincing 13 points and stellar 11 assists that gave Grizzlies this Western Conference Finals appearance.
The Oklahoma City Thunder is the most favored team to win the at the WEST. OKC is the top seed team entering the playoffs but faith has changed after Russel Westbrook got injured. This lost of OKC just made the fans and critic thinks that without Westbrook (and some also thinks of Harden) at KD's side, OKC won't win any championship game.
Memphis Grizzlies is now waiting for the winner of San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors series to determine who will become their Western Conference Finals opponent.