The Oklahoma City Thunder entered the postseason as prohibitive favorites in the Western Conference. However, a knee injury that knocked star guard Russell Westbrook out for the remainder of the playoffs has clouded the team's chances of getting back to the NBA Finals.
Standing in their way in the second round is the Memphis Grizzlies, fresh off a first-round victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. With the Grizz, the Thunder should get a formidable foe, and one that enters the second round having beat L.A. in four straight after falling behind 2-0.
The Thunder opened their series against Memphis by getting a 93-91 victory on Sunday. But if they want to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the third consecutive year, they'll need to keep their game up and follow a few of these keys to victory.