Crunching Some Numbers

Taking a close look at some of the numbers from Game 1 and how they compared to the regular season stats and trends between the Thunder and the Grizzlies.

  • The Thunder outrebounded Memphis in all four regular season games and did so again Saturday night (51-41).
  • Kevin Durant shot 51.8 percent against Memphis over those four games and averaged 31 points. Saturday he scored 33 on 52 percent shooting.
  • Only 17.1 percent of the Grizzlies shots in the regular season were 3-pointers, the lowest rate in the NBA. Saturday just 12.1 percent of their shots were threes.
  • Reggie Jackson got to the free throw line eight times Saturday night (making seven). That's the same number of free throws he took in all four regular season games combined.
  • In the four regular season games the Grizz averaged 36 rebounds (10 offensive). Saturday night they pulled down 41 (13 offensive).
  • The Thunder had a whopping 32 fast break points Saturday night. Don't assume the Thunder will roll like that again. That's by far more than they had in any of the four regular season games (19 was the most) and they averaged just 11.5 points in transition.

A couple of other interesting notes, according to player tracking data from SportVU Kendrick Perkins was the most effective Thunder defender on Marc Gasol holding him to just two points on 1-for-5 shooting. Nick Collison was the most effective on Zach Randolph holding him to just three points also on 1-for-5 shooting.