Many believe that the Grizzlies dogged defender Tony Allen is getting under the skin of superstar Kevin Durant but the Thunder forward has brushed aside comments that Allen has "locked him down"
The Oklahoma City Thunder surprisingly lost their second playoff game to the dangerous Grizzlies and now head to Memphis with the series tied at 1-1.
Durant had 36 points in the overtime loss but questions from the media still centered around the topic that the 6 ft 4 inch Tony Allen was giving the NBA's leading scorer too much trouble despite the 5 inch height and 7 inch wingspan disadvantage.
Durant responded to queries over the matchup on Monday by saying: "It's not like I'm just totally getting locked down, He's making it tough, but it's not like I'm just nonexistent. I don't know what you guys have been watching. He's just making me work, like everybody else will."
Allen also responded in quite a despondent manner to the topic: "He had 36 last game, He don't get frustrated."
The 7th seeded Grizzlies are the team that all the elite Western conference sides wanted to avoid in the post season and unfortunately for the Thunder, they couldn't of asked for a tougher opening round playoff opponent.
The intriguing match up between these two franchises has developed many enticing sub plots, none greater than the unfolding rivalry between Durant and Allen.
Allen plays without fear against the NBA's best scorer, he's physical and he's not afraid to get embarrassed by Durant which many players are.
Allen spoke of his mindset whilst defending Durant: "I'm going to gamble whether it helps the team or not ... that's what I do, that's what makes me who I am today, If I convert, it's a pat on the back. If I don't and it hurts the team, I'll try to get it back on the next possession."
The teams meet in Memphis tonight with a very important game three on the line, will Durant and co advance or could we be seeing one of the biggest upsets in recent memory with this 7th seed Memphis Grizzlies squad.