NBA players go nuts after Kevin Durant hit the most amazing shot of the year

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The Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 111-105 in overtime in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs, but they only managed to get that far because of Kevin Durant, who hit the most ridiculous shot of the year in the fourth quarter.

With 13.3 seconds left in regulation and down 98-93, Durant found himself in the corner to catch a pass from Russell Westbrook. With Marc Gasol draped all over him, Durant lost balance and was on his way out of bounds, but somehow managed to get a shot off in the process. Here is what followed:

One video-game 3-pointer made. And one.

It was an unbelievable conversion, and it darn near broke twitter in the process. Here are some notable reactions from players around the league:

Thunder-Grizzlies Playoff Preview: Five Key Factors

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bealeA certain someone made a bold prediction prior to the season that the Memphis Grizzlies would be facing the Indiana Pacers in the NBA finals. OK, it was me. Which means you can guess which way my prediction is going to go, for better or worse.

You do not get to divorce yourself from your preseason predictions unless something crazy happens along the way, such as a team trading away its best player of something similar (that was the case last year when  the Grizzlies shed Rudy Gay). So a warning is in order: I am looking at this series with a rooting interest in the team from Beale Street, though I will try not to let that impact my coverage.

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Jeff Hornacek SunsMonday night. 10 p.m. Eastern. Memphis Grizzlies. Phoenix Suns. Only one of them can make the playoffs. The Grizzlies will be coming off a game the previous night against the Lakers. If they win that game, they’re a game up on the Suns. If they lose, the two teams are tied. Phoenix has to be praying the Lakers get the win, because they’ve lost all three games against the Grizzlies this season, and they need to claim the eighth spot outright.

If Memphis wins tomorrow night and again Monday, they’re in. If they lose both, they need to beat Dallas on Wednesday. So it has to be said that while the clock hasn’t struck midnight on the Cinderella Suns, it’s 11:58.

Regardless, they’ve won 47 games with a lineup full of players only the most diehard fan could have named at the beginning of the season. In an era where NBA coaches are more expendable than ever, Jeff Hornacek is proving that the right guy can make a huge difference.

Now let’s get to the latest from around the NBA:

Tweet of the Night: Pau Gasol rooting for Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies

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With the Los Angeles Lakers long out of the playoff race, Pau Gasol may potentially shut it down for good this season after sitting out the last several games due to severe effects of vertigo.

That doesn’t mean he’s not paying attention to what’s going on around the league – he still has particular interest in the progress of the Memphis Grizzlies because of his brother Marc Gasol. The Grizzlies are trying to fight their way into the playoffs, but the stiff competition in the West has them on the outside looking in, trailing the Phoenix Suns by one game.

On Wednesday, the Grizzlies faced the Miami Heat in a critical game for both teams. Marc Gasol did all he could to help beat the Heat 107-102 with 20 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. The loss put Miami back in second place behind the Indiana Pacers by 1/2 game. Pau Gasol watched the intense game and needless to say, he was rooting for the Grizzlies:


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Tweet of the Night: Steve Kerr says no one will want to face the Grizzlies in playoffs

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Marc GasolWhen Marc Gasol went down with a scary knee injury in late November, the Memphis Grizzlies were a modest 7-6 to begin the season.

Without their reigning Defensive Player of the Year, the Grizzlies were a subpar 10-13 and many around the league began to wonder if they would even make it back to the playoffs in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.