By MIKE LIPKASTATS Editor
After opening with a lackluster performance against the team they stunned in the playoffs last season, the Memphis Grizzlies now must try to improve versus the club they couldn't overcome.
The Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder square off Wednesday night in Memphis for the first time since their seven-game series last spring as Kevin Durant tries to guide his team to a 3-0 start.
Following a shocking first-round upset of top-seeded San Antonio in April, the Grizzlies nearly made it all the way to the Western Conference finals.
Durant, however, had 39 points as the Thunder finally eliminated Memphis with a 105-90 Game 7 win. The series featured a three-overtime thriller in Game 4 that Oklahoma City won 133-123, avoiding a 3-1 deficit.
"Durant is a special player, one of the best players in the NBA," Memphis' Zach Randolph said after the series. "The kid is a gym rat, he works hard. He's one of my favorite players. You've got to give him kudos and gi...