The Memphis Grizzlies got what they wanted. After resting Tony Allen, Zach Randolph, and several other starters during their final two games, the Grizzlies slid to the 8th spot to avoid the Lakers. The Grizzlies have been an intriguing team this season. Rudy Gay earned every penny of his 5 year $80 million contract before he went down with a shoulder injury in mid February. The man is a rising star in this league and loves taking the big shot.
It’s too bad he’s not going to be able to play in this series. Don’t be mistaken though, the Grizzlies are a legit team and are going to make this a series. Tony Allen and Shane Battier are lockdown perimeter defenders. Zach Randolph is a BEAST and has proved everyone wrong with consistent double doubles and hard play. You can throw him the ball in the post and he will get you two points the majority of the time. The Warriors haven’t had that since…… oh yeah, NEVER. He’s come along way since the Jailblazer days. He passes out of the double team well, he has a great mid-range jumper, and he’s developed into a clutch player.
He’s the best fat person besides Paul Pierce in the NBA.
But enough with my man crush on Z-Bo. Pau Gasol’s little brother Marc isn’t that bad either. With averages of 11 and 7, Marc does a decent job holding down the paint
Even though Mike Conley did not deserve his 5 year $40 million dollar extension, he is a true point guard and always makes sure to keep his teammates happy.
And then there’s O.J Mayo. This guy is a trip. There was the recruitment violations at USC. There was the black eye he received from Tony Allen because he kept shit talking about how he was a better basketball player. No seriously, Mayo got his ass whooped. Check out the details via Lebron’s biggest fan Chris Broussard.
Then he was suspended for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. I hope it’s pure coincidence that Rashard Lewis and O.J Mayo have digressed since being suspended for using illegal performance enhancing substances. I’ve always been proud of the NBA for not being involved with steroids or cheating (for the most part). Let’s hope this isn’t a trend. But enough with his bad resume. I’m talking about him so much because he is the ex-factor of the series. If he can get hot and bring consistent scoring off the bench, the Grizzlies are going to have a much better chance of winning games in the series.
And then there’s the San Antonio Spurs. Don’t get it twisted, this isn’t the normal San Antonio Spurs. They are 14th in opposing points allowed and 6th in points scored a game. The old Spurs used to have those numbers switched. The new Spurs play at a place and they run plays through Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli, not the Big Fundamental. Have you seen Duncan play recently?! It’s pretty sad to see the best Power Forward of all time so damn slow and non-athletic. At least Garnett still has some athleticism. If the Spurs are going to win a championship, Duncan is going to have to play at the highest level he’s capable of. The window will be closed for the Spurs if they don’t win this year.
The Spurs also have great depth. DeJuan Blair, George Hill, Matt Bonner, Gary Neal, and Antonio Mcdyess on the bench?! The list goes on an on. Compare that with Vlad, Reggie Williams, and Al Thornton. (Warriors please get some better bench players next year. If I watch Acie Law brick a shot ever again I’m going to throw my Warrior jerseys out the window.)
Richard Jefferson is going to be the ex-factor. He had a terrible season last year, and a very mediocre season this year. The Spurs went over the luxury tax because they thought he would be a playmaker. The Spurs don’t need him to do well this series, but they are going to need him to play at a high level if they want to win a championship.
Prediction: Spurs in 6
Even though Gasol and Randolph are a great low post tandem, they have a lot of trouble playing defense. The Spurs big 3 are going to shred the Grizzlies on O because the lack of a presence at the rim. The Grizzlies are a great perimeter defensive team, but have a very average interior D. The Grizzlies have a great upstart team for the future, but without Rudy Gay they are not going to win this series. However, they have play makers and enough swag to win two games at home. The Spurs will move on.