By: Myron Patton, FOX 25 Sports Director - bio | email
OKLAHOMA CITY -
The Oklahoma City Thunder are one win away from advancing to the semifinals of the Western Conference Playoffs. They're coming off their best game of the first round and now they've got to figure out a way to duplicate that performance Saturday night. They got a break with the NBA suspended Memphis forward Zach Randolph for game seven. The NBA says Randolph punched Steven Adams in the fourth quarter. That bit of news has most feeling the Thunder are a big favorite to win game seven but a coach knows you must always be prepared. "They beat us on our home court the last time we played them here," said Thunder head coach Scott Brooks. "We have to understand they're going to come in and play with desperation. We want to continue and build on what we did in the last games." Being at home should be a bonus for the Thunder but road teams have fared well during the playoffs. "We have to come out with a lot of intensity especially at home. You have a tendency to relax at home," says Thunder forward Kevin Durant. "I think our group has seen games two and five if we relax we can be beaten." In addition to Randolph being out, Memphis may not have point guard Mike Conley. He has a hamstring injury that could keep him out of the game or at the very least slow him up. Saturday's game tips-off at 7:00.