Grizzlies ran it in OKC without Mike Conley and Dante Cunningham. Gilbert Arenas played his best game as a Grizzly, and O.J. Mayo gave us a show once again as the Grizzlies beat the Thunder 94-88. I cannot express how big of a win this was for the Grizzlies in my opinion. After going 0-3 against the Thunder this year, it had felt like they had made good progression in the offseason, and left the Grizzlies (the team that took them to 7 games in the playoffs last year) in the dust. But it surely did look like the Grizzlies were the better team last night. Here are some things I learned last night
James Harden is the black Manu Ginobili.
Tony Allen is officially my favorite player ever in the NBA.
Lionel Hollins may be a crazy genius by putting Gilbert Arenas against Kevin Durant on defense. (It kind of worked, somehow)
Rudy Gay isn't Kevin Durant, but he isn't that far behind him.
I have had the opinion all season that Mike Conley is the most important piece of the puzzle for the Grizzlies, if we lose him, it's over. But after last night, It is clear that O.J. Mayo, Gilbert Arenas, and Jeremy Pargo can give you serviceable minutes at the point guard position. It feels good to have back up point guards, finally.
Conley and Cunningham are still listed as Day-to-Day, so they may not play tonight against the Warriors, but that's okay, if the Grizzlies can keep the "next man up" mentality, they're going to be a stronger team for it.
So this HARD 8 game schedule the Grizzlies began last night, started well. 1-0
Grizzlies tip off against the Golden State Warriors tonight at 7:00pm CST at the Grind House (A.K.A. FedExForum)