Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  42 responses

Memphis Grizzlies Have San Antonio Spurs on the Ropes

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Heading into this postseason, perhaps no number 1 seed in NBA history had ever been discounted as much as the San Antonio Spurs were.

But, still, to see them on the verge of elimination against the Memphis Grizzlies (who have never won a Playoff series before), is a jarring sight to behold for a team that won 61 regular season games.

Up 3-1 in the first round series, and having thoroughly dominated San Antonio in Game 4 last night, the Grizz are one victory away from sending Tim Duncan and company home for the summer, and burning down what had been a shockingly successful season up to this point.

The Commercial Appeal and Express-News have the quotes from both sides:

The Grizzlies didn’t just defeat the Spurs — the final was 104-86 — they overpowered them with a breathtaking second-half run that made surrender seem like the only logical option. “The second half was just incredible to watch,” said Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins. “It was an incredible performance.” He could have thrown in a couple more “incredibles” and it wouldn’t have been excessive. A No. 8 seed has beaten a No. 1 seed in the NBA playoffs before. But has a No. 8 seed run a No. 1 seed right out of the building? “The third quarter was weird,” said Spurs guard Tony Parker, which is one way to describe it.

On his way out of FedEx Forum, veteran center Antonio McDyess had one idea. “We’re playing like a bunch of wussies,” McDyess said. That analysis didn’t meet with much disagreement, not after the Grizzlies pummeled the Spurs 56-36 in the second half to assume a 3-1 series lead. In the third quarter, during which the Spurs committed seven turnovers and managed just 15 points, the Grizzlies — energized by Tony Allen and Mike Conley — did everything but mug them in a Memphis back alley. “They put their foot on our throat and never let up,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

As Tony Parker astutely pointed out last September, this season represents this current Spurs group’s “last real chance to win a title.”

Starting Wednesday night, back home in San Antonio, they’ll have a chance to stave off elimination in Game 5, and continue in their pursuit of this increasingly elusive championship goal.

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  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Men of a Certain Age

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    but aside from the jokes, the way the Grizz are locking it down on D, and most impressively moving the ball on offense anyone in this league would be hard pressed to stop them. They just play hard man, they got a group of 10-11 guys that just bring their hard hat and lunch pail every night man. much props to Lionel Hollins…….and boy does Marc look like like everything Pau is missin right about now? crazy

  • jay

    somewhere Eva Longoria is laughing her wellshaped *ss of, probably with z-bo and mike conley. Jus sayin’

  • Ken

    Forget “never won a playoff series.” They had never won a playoff game! Pretty incredible job by the Grizz so far. When Rudy Gay got injured, I figured they wouldn’t make the postseason. Now, they are on the verge of knocking off a 60 win #1 seed, in convincing fashion. This is the end of the Spurs. Swept in the first round last year, and another 1st round debacle this year. It was a great career Timmy, but I think the window is closed.


    IMHO, the Grizzlies only have one legit shot to close the Spurs out, and that’s game 6, because I don’t see them winning in San Antonio again. If they allow this series to go 7, the Spurs won’t be denied. This is like watching the Suns vs. the Lakers in 2006 all over again.

  • hendry

    has a no 8 seed run a no 1 seed out of the building?? have u forgotten about the warriors? they blew the mavericks out twice in that series!!

  • k Dub

    The Spurs will come back and win the series they are gonna win game 5 in SA by a blowout and go back to memphis and barely win in game 6 then close it out in game 7 at home……these are the spurs

  • Riggs

    those were the spurs.

  • http://Slamonline.com Bk Chris

    This series makes me wonder why they gave rudy gay all that phuckin money! They should trade him and re-up Gasol!

  • J-MAC

    They chimsestry the Grizz have right now is amazing and they are peaking at the perfect time. I just dont see the Spurs winning 3 in a row. Marc Gasol is a beast…he plays with a lot of heart and I wish Pau would do the same.

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  • Yesse

    Grizzlies have been unbelievable. They actually could have a chance to sweep Spurs.

  • Groves

    lets hope rudy slides in without upsetting the chemistry when he gets back

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Flabergasted, truly. I thought the Spurs would be fighting the Lakers in the WCFs. Now, I could totally see OKC and Memphis in their conference’s finals. Wow, just wow. This has been as exciting a season and playoffs as I can remember. And I’ve been around awhile. No old jokes or I kick your a$$!

  • J-MAC

    Groves-My thoughts exactly. When does he return?

  • http://bugmarley.com Bug Marley

    Won’t OKC face MEM if they both advance to the second round?

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  • add

    and they did it without rudy

  • Bruno

    just imagine if Rudy was playing’ with dem .. damn!!!

  • bashmo

    this would be probably the worst 1-8 seed upset in NBA history. Without their star player and closer Rudy Gay the Grizzlies are mandhandling the Spurs. And if they don’t take Game 5 in SA(I have a feeling they won’t) they sure as hell will take game 6 in Memphis.

  • dsleepy

    @BK Chris: please tell me you’re joking with that Rudy Gay comment.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @bashmo not even close, I think everybody expected age and fatigue to catch up to the Spurs at some point this year. Mavs Warriors still takes the cake

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    Will Duncan retire? clearly done. All year everyone was saying he and the spurs were saving him for the playoffs, but reality is that he’s done. (please dont bring up his all-star appearance. we all know he shouldnt have been an all-star)

  • flipnoyce

    Wow I’ve never expected the Grizzly playing like a posses BEAST.Mauling the Spurs at home the way they did. Maybe its the real reason why the Fakers didn’t want to get seed 1 in the west and tank their last few games. Is it me or DOES Zach Randolph look like Eddie Winslow from family matters?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    And I thought Spurs would win the west this year.. Hard to root against the underdog tho.. Spurs gonna break-up the team this summer??? We all know Pop’s job is safe.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    also, @ yesse- The Spurs have won a game, therefor a sweep is impossible..

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  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    Oh, and imposible is nthing. Whatever the hell that means.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    haha… O.K. Excited to see some of the lower seeds playing so well too. Memphis, New Orleans.

  • robb

    these bears are hungry.

  • jose

    This will be the most notable 1-8 upset ever witnessed should it pull through. but people can never count out the Spurs. . .

  • vtrobot

    Mavs/Warriors will still be the bigger upset if the Grizz can pull this off. Mavs won 67 games that year. And their leader had to go get his MVP award after they got swept. Totally unprecedented and humiliating.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    bears come up to this one seed?

  • Eddie

    @Ken Spurs weren’t swept in the first last year. SMH. Young’n educate thyself!

  • mj23

    i gues tony allen won the trash tal with ginobli

  • Tyrant56

    aint over till its over, remmeber that,

  • fruizm

    @walt williams HAHAHA

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I stated on here before, Spurs are old, this is the worst lost in playoff history in my book. Also I hate Tim Duncan and feels he gets all the credit for the Spurs, when Manu is the closer and Tony Parker got a Finals MVP award. Yes, and greatest power forward ever Karl Malone is a better player. BOOK IT!!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ walt williams: Your first comment is the slogan for Li Ning and your second is the slogan for Adidas.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I’m definitely not counting out the Spurs, but people are forgetting all about Denver beating the Sonics.
    And the best finish to a 1-8 series has to be the Knicks vs. Heat.

  • Mike From Spain

    @ eddie -> well, they were swept in the second… not that much of a difference

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I wonder if the Lakers would be interested in swapping Pau G for Marc G… I know the Grizzlies sure aren’t. Hyuk.