Coach goes to tape to keep Grizzlies’ ego in check

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Ah, the advantages of being a young and loose team.

“Nobody thought we’d be in this position up 2-1 in the second round, so I think we’re just enjoying it,” Battier said. “Enjoy the ride, enjoying competing and we just want to play as long as we can.”

For the Grizzlies, that means being prepared to do what worked in that fourth quarter from the opening tip.

The Thunder keep clogging the paint to ensure Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol have no space to catch the ball near the basket or grab offensive rebounds. So guards Mike Conley, O.J. Mayo and others must score from outside or use the pick and roll to open up lanes.

Randolph finished with 21 points and a franchise playoff record 21 rebounds, but five of those came in overtime after Mayo hit two 3s in the fourth quarter.

“There’s been other teams that have done what Oklahoma City has done,” Hollins said. “We’ve just changed up and done something different and loosen them up. We did that last night. I told the perimeter people, ‘You’re part of this team too, and you’ve got to do your job. You’ve got to attack. … We just can’t walk the ball up and throw it in the post.”

The Grizzlies know how the Thunder feel because they blew a bunch of games a season ago when they had been up by double digits. This season, Memphis won nine games when trailing by 10 or more in the second half, which tied the Grizzlies with Chicago and behind only Utah (10) in that category.

Conley said they know well how the Thunder are feeling right now.

“We need to remember what we did to get back in that game, remember how we played and what we did in order to get in position to win,” Conley said. “We can’t afford to be down.”

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