The 2011 NBA playoffs have been filled with drama, intrigue, upsets and heartbreak so far.
The Thunder had a chance to close out the game in regulation when they were up 96-93 with under 10 seconds left.
Grizzlies guard Mike Conley had the ball at the top of the key, moved to his left and nailed a game-tying three-pointer that sent the game into the first extra period.
That's something that has always bugged me with basketball.
When a team is winning by three points, why do you not have all five players defending the three-point line?
That's the only shot that can hurt you, yet teams continue to have guys playing on the inside. It doesn't make sense to me, but then I'm not getting paid a lot of money to coach a game.
All the same, if Conley didn't nail the three to tie the game, we wouldn't be using the same superlatives to describe this classic.
The Thunder needed this win—if they'd gone down 3-1 to this Grizzlies team, who've shocked a lot of people in these playoffs so far, they would have been in real trouble.
As things stand now, the Thunder have to win two of the next three games to make their first appearance in the Western Conference Finals since moving to Oklahoma City.