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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies will renew their postseason rivalry Saturday night when the two squads meet at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Catch the game on TSN2 starting at 9:30pm et/6:30pm pt. For the third time in four seasons, the Thunder will face the Grizzlies in the playoffs. OKC dispatched the Grizz in the second round following the 2010-11 season, but Memphis evened the score one year ago. The Grizzlies eliminated the Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals last season. Granted, Oklahoma City was without the services of All-Star guard Russell Westbrook, but this seasons first-round battle will be the rubber match. "Its going to be a tough but fun series," OKC star Kevin Durant said. "We have a lot of history with these guys. Were looking forward to getting the opportunity to play for a championship." Durant will be the leagues MVP and carried a heavy load. Westbrook missed time with a knee injury and veteran starters Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins both were shelved late in the season with various ailments. "Guys had to step up and I think we did a good job of fighting through it all," Durant said. "That shows the type of organization, the type of coaching staff and team that we have. Its been a fun season and up and down like any other season." Memphis overcame a hideous start to make the postseason once again. Injuries hit the Grizzlies hard as well. They were without All-Defensive guard Tony Allen for a long stretch, but the main setback occurred when they lost All- Star center Marc Gasol with a left knee problem. Once the reigning Defensive Player of the Year returned to the lineup, the Grizzlies clicked. The Grizzlies went 33-13 in games Gasol played after the injury. The heart of the Grizz rests in their big-man combo of Gasol, who averaged 14.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 1.88 blocks, and Zach Randolph, who continued to be a double-double machine. He posted marks of 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds while tying for the fourth-most double-doubles in the league. However, the real star that emerged this season was point guard Mike Conley. He averaged 17.2 ppg and 6.0 apg all the while playing stellar defense, the hallmark of the Grizzlies. It all finally came together for Memphis over the final two games of the season. The Grizzlies road victory over the Phoenix Suns in the penultimate game earned them a playoff berth. Their win over the Dallas Mavericks in the finale got them the seventh seed. "Getting 50 wins is something you want on your resume as a player, and people remember those. Those are special seasons. Its a standard, a golden standard I think," Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger said. It will be a classic offense versus defense matchup. The Thunder were the fifth-best offensive team this season, while the Grizzlies ranked third in opponents scoring. Flip the script and the advantage swings to Oklahoma City. The Thunder finished a respectable 12th in defensive scoring and an impressive third in opponents field-goal percentage. Memphis ranked 27th in scoring The Thunder won three of four regular-season meetings against the Grizzlies. OKC is 7-4 all-time versus Memphis in regular-season games in Oklahoma City. Luke Shaw Jersey .com) - Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar and New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo were named the NHLs players of the week on Monday. Romelu Lukaku Jersey . Fifth-seeded Cilic gained his fourth title in Zagreb and became the third Croat overall to win at least 10 career titles. 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In addition, the Rockies announced on Twitter that outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will have exploratory surgery on his injured left index finger. The procedure will take place in Cleveland on Tuesday. Gonzalez went on the DL earlier this month. Cuddyer is out because of a strained left shoulder and Butler has inflammation in his right rotator cuff. Cuddyer has not played since being injured diving for a grounder when playing third base Thursday against Arizona. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday. "Fortunately its his left shoulder, but its affecting when he swings," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. "Theres some concern there because its still pretty sore. Well get the test done and everything. Initially we were hoping he would feel better by now." This is Cuddyers second stint on the DL after missing 28 games with a strained left hamstring. He is hitting .317 with five home runs this season. The 23-year-old Butler allowed six runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings in his major league debut during Fridays 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. Weiss said Butler felt fine after the start bbut was sore the next day.dddddddddddd "Were going to be cautious with a young pitcher like Eddie," Weiss said. "No reason to push it so were going to give him time, let that soreness go away and hopefully its not anything serious. We dont think it is right now." The Rockies have been hit with several injuries in the last month. Third baseman Nolan Arenado broke his finger at Atlanta on May 23 and will miss at least a month. Gonzalez played through pain throughout the season before being placed on the 15-day DL on June 3. Pain in the index finger had lingering when Gonzalez consulted hand specialist Thomas Graham at the Cleveland Clinic on May 29 when the Rockies were starting a series against the Indians. The Rockies also lost starter Jordan Lyles to a broken left hand last week. "Youve got to stay away from that type of feeling that were jinxed," Weiss said. "I talked in spring training that were going to go well beyond the 25-man roster that we broke camp with and thats been the case. Were just getting hit early and often with the injury bug." Bergman was 4-4 with a 3.84 ERA in 12 starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs. He is the fourth Rockies pitcher to make his major league debut this season. The Rockies also recalled righty Chad Bettis from Triple-A and designated reliever Wilton Lopez for assignment. Cheap Canadiens Jerseys Cheap Predators Jerseys Cheap Devils Jerseys Cheap Islanders Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Senators Jerseys Cheap Flyers Jerseys Cheap Penguins Jerseys Cheap Sharks Jerseys Cheap Blues Jerseys

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