The 2014 NBA playoffs are officially underway, and according to an April 21, 2014, report by CBS Sports, Game 2 between the Memphis Grizzlies and the OKC Thunder will be broadcast and streaming live beginning at the TV scheduled start time of 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CST/6 p.m. MST/5 p.m. PST) on TNT’s family of networks. Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., will be the site for the second game of this best-of-seven series, as OKC tries to take a commanding 2-0 lead before hitting traveling to The River City.
In addition to TNT and Sports-Net One’s (Canada) national broadcasts, an April 20 NBA report indicates that the following outlets will also be distributing this evening’s 2014 NBA playoff action live: FS-Oklahoma and Fox Sports Tennessee on TV, while WMFS and WWLS 98.1FM OKC will handle radio broadcasting duties. Those wishing to watch this game online are in luck, because thanks to TNT Overtime, all NBA fans have to do is click here to begin the free Internet live stream.
For the visiting (0-1) Grizzlies, a sluggish start put this team behind the 8-ball early on, and they simply couldn’t get over the hump in the second half. Led by Zach Randolph’s double-double (21 points and 11 rebounds), Memphis went on a (31-13) tear in the third quarter, but unfortunately the deficit proved to be insurmountable.
“We’ve got to make adjustments to get off to a better start,” Randolph said. “We can’t exert so much energy trying to come back from 20 points. It’s the first game, we’ve got to stick together. We’ve been here before, we know what we’ve got to do and come out and be ready for Monday.”
In the case of the (1-0) Oklahoma City Thunder, it took a 33-point effort from MVP frontrunner Kevin Durant for the second-seeded Thunder to avoid a major letdown. And while OKC did just enough to hold off Memphis, 100-86, this Grizzlies squad isn’t your typical seventh seed, as noted on an April 20 LAT report.
“We just stayed together,” Durant said when asked to describe what he attributed his team’s ability to survive Memphis’ surge. “We made plays in the fourth quarter. The third quarter was tough for us, but we stayed together. We didn't stray away.”
How will it all play out in Game 2 of tonight’s 2014 NBA playoffs on TNT? Did that third quarter run give the Grizzlies the confidence to know they can compete against Oklahoma City? According to NBA oddsmakers at ESPN.com, two buckets separate Oklahoma City [-7] and Memphis [+7] in the ATS department, while the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 191 points this evening.
Don’t miss what is sure to be a very interesting second game of this best-of-seven set between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Tune to TNT or Sports-Net One to watch the national TV broadcasts in the United States and Canada, or simply click on the link provided above to view TNT Overtime’s free live stream online.