Oklahoma City Thunder: 5 Keys To Beating the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3

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Oklahoma City Thunder: 5 Keys To Beating the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3
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The Oklahoma City Thunder had to drop Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals in order to learn it. But, in what amounted to a class in NBA Street Brawl 101, learning is exactly what they did. 

The Nuggets were soft, undersized and uninspired. These Memphis Grizzlies are not the Nuggets. Playing a smash-mouth brand of basketball that would make Woody Hayes proud, Memphis pounded the Thunder into submission on Sunday.

But in Tuesday's Game 2, Oklahoma City was ready. They were more physical and more aggressive, while displaying the perfect combination of poise and desperation. The result was a dominant 111-102 victory that wasn't even as close as the final score would indicate. 

Here are five keys to ensuring a similar result in Game 3, on Saturday.

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