Tension will be high at Grizz, Thunder matchup - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tension will be high at Grizz, Thunder matchup


(WMC-TV) - The Grizzlies will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in game one of the second round playoff series beginning Sunday.

The Thunder beat the Grizz in a playoff series two years ago that ran the full seven games.

Emotions were still running high in November when Zach Randolph and Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins were both ejected from a game. That confrontation continued off the court and spilled out into the hallway outside the teams' locker rooms.

Randolph was fined $25,000 by the NBA for confronting Perkins a second time and in the postgame interview, he said, "There's a lot of bluffing going on on the court, that's all. And I don't bluff."

That quote would eventually be made into a team slogan that can be seen on this year's rally towels and billboards around Memphis.

With even more on the line Sunday, tension is expected to be high at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Game one between the Grizzlies and the Thunder tips off at noon.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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