Eye of the Hurricane

April 17, 2011

Grizzlies Stop West-Best Spurs

Filed under: Uncategorized — magdebar @ 4:25 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies took game one in this #1 versus #8 match-up earlier this afternoon, 101-98. This was the third straight loss for the Spurs (61-21). Even with Ginobli missing the game with an elbow strain and a rotation of only eight players…How many people saw this one coming? Memphis (46-36) handed San Antonio just their 5th loss at home all year.

Power Forward Zach Randolph led the way for the Grizzlies, earning a double double with a game high 25 points and 14 rebounds. Teammate Mike Conley and Spurs Center Tim Duncan also had double doubles with 15 points/10 assists and 16 points/13 rebounds, respectively.

This was a close one all game, with neither team ever putting the other away. The key was the Griz made their last three field goals while the Spurs missed their last three. Down four with a minute left, Memphis Center Marc Gasol hit a layup to pull within two. After Tony Parker missed a jumper, Shane Battier knocked down a three to put Memphis ahead 99-98. PG George Hill then missed a three for SA and fouled Grizzlies SG Tony Allen. Allen made both FTs, forcing Spurs SF Richard Jefferson to shoot a desperation three to tie it with one second left. Jefferson had a wide open look, but the ball ricocheted off the rim.

Let’s say the Spurs rebound in game two and the Grizzlies protect home court advantage. That would put them ahead 3-1 in the series. What are the odds that they can actually knock off Tim Duncan and Co.? I say the Spurs rebound, but this might be a longer series than anyone imagined.

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