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The Grizzlies and Thunder meet in the Western Conference Finals in a rematch of the second round of last season's playoff-series thriller that lasted the entire seven games.
These are two very similar teams who have used similar strategies to build their teams into potential championship contenders.
The Grizzlies will have to rely on their size to bully the Thunder's bigs in the paint while trying to contain Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Westbrook can use his size to his advantage against the smaller Mike Conley, but Conley is quick enough to stay in front of Westbrook in the half court.
Rudy Gay versus Kevin Durant will be a matchup to watch closely. Both players are excellent at attacking the basket, and while Durant is definitely the better shooter, both can shoot from the perimeter.
The two will likely be battling it out most of the series barring the coaches don't put their two stoppers (Thabo Sefolosha for the Thunder and Tony Allen for the Grizzlies) on the team's two superstars.
Allen is the best perimeter defender in the game this season, but Durant has a height advantage that will be hard for him to match up against.
The Grizzlies thrive off of getting steals and easy baskets on the fast break, but the Thunder are equally athletic and love to run.
The battle of the benches will be intense as well as both teams feature players who are instant offense off the bench. James Harden is undoubtedly the sixth man of the year, but OJ Mayo can heat up in a hurry and carry his team to a win with his scoring.
Despite Memphis's advantage in the paint, the duo of Westbrook and Durant will be too much for the Grizzlies to contain over the course of an entire series. This is the Thunder's year to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals.
Prediction: Thunder in seven