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Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph sits on the bench in the second half of Game 6 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Oklahoma City won 104-84 to even the series 3-3. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


Grizzlies short-handed for Game 7

Saturday, May 03, 2014 - Updated: 4:08 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies might have all summer to think about their dismal effort Thursday night.

The Grizzlies could have closed out the Thunder at home, but Oklahoma City jumped on them from the start and rolled to a 20-point victory. Now, Memphis must play Game 7 on the road Saturday without scoring leader Zach Randolph and possibly point guard Mike Conley.

Randolph was suspended for punching Steven Adams in the jaw late in Game 6.

Conley strained his right hamstring in the loss and is struggling to recover. Memphis' backup point guard, Nick Calathes, is out for the series because of a drug suspension, meaning No. 3 point guard Beno Udrih will likely carry more responsibility against Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson, two of the quickest point guards in the NBA.

Conley said Friday that he plans to play, but he expects to be sore.

"Me being banged up, you're going to have to ask more out of different guys, see a lot of guys step up," he said. "We're still excited and confident going into tomorrow's game, regardless of injuries and how last night's game went."

Memphis coach Dave Joerger's team has faced injuries and lineup changes all season. Tony Allen missed 27 games this season, Marc Gasol 23 and Conley nine. Kosta Koufos and Ed Davis will likely fill Randolph's minutes.

"This is it," Joerger said. "Whatever you want to say about the season, it's all come down to one game. Certainly, for us to have the best chance to win, we have to play better than we did last night."

Even with the issues the Grizzlies face, nothing has been certain in this matchup. The home team has won just twice in a series that has featured four overtime games.


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