Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks has called for a better offensive display ahead of his team's visit to the Memphis Grizzlies tonight.
The Thunder have lost two of their last three road games by a total of 24 points and Brooks wants a better performance from the injury-plagued team:
"We gotta play better offensive basketball," Brooks said. "We can miss shots, that's one thing but we have to give ourselves a chance to make shots."
Star player Kevin Durant's form has not dropped, he's provided an average of 34 points in January whilst Russell Westbrook is out with a knee injury.
On the other side, the Grizzlies are streaking in the opposite direction. They have won four of their last six games with Mike Conley the star of the team.
Conley has averaged 27.3 points over the last three games and Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger believes he is settling into a leadership role:
"He's really taken responsibility not just for running the team but for being the leader of the team and defining whether we are successful or not," the coach remarked.
Oklahoma City bested the Grizzlies the last time they met, with Westbrook scoring 27 points.
However, the Grizzlies did eliminate a Westbrook-less Thunder in last years playoffs,
The Thunder are currently sitting third in the western conference whilst Memphis are still four games outside the playoff places.