Friday, May 17th, 2013 at 12:20 pm  |  20 responses

Tim Duncan Knows Series vs Memphis Grizzlies Won’t Be ‘Pretty’

The San Antonio Spurs advanced to the Western Conference Finals last night, eliminating the Golden State Warriors after six thrilling games. The next round, against the Memphis Grizzlies, will feature considerably less highlight plays and a lot more bruising defense. Don’t say Tim Duncan didn’t warn you ahead of time. Per Yahoo! Sports: “It’s not going to be pretty,’ Duncan said. ‘Sorry. It’s just not going to be. It’s going to be two teams trying to impose wills on each other. Two very well-coached, good executing, tough-minded, defensive teams. And that’s just how the series is going to go.’ The point guard matchup between the Spurs’ Tony Parker and the Grizzlies’ Mike Conley Jr. should be exciting, but the main reason for the expected grimy play is Memphis power forward Zach Randolph and center Marc Gasol. The Spurs earned the right to play the Grizzlies after knocking off the Golden State Warriors in the second round with a 94-82 victory in Game 6 on Thursday night. There isn’t a duo in the NBA more physical and who enjoys every hit more than Randolph and Gasol. The Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin would certainly second that because he couldn’t get up the floor without being bumped by Randolph. Gasol is this season’s Defensive Player of the Year. Both have games more suited for the 1980s. Duncan and his post mate Tiago Splitter have faced impressive size already in the postseason: Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol in the first round against the Los Angeles Lakers and the Warriors’ frontline of Andrew Bogut, Carl Landy, Festus Ezeli, David Lee and Andris Biedrins. But all those guys were just primers for what’s next. ‘It’s going to be a rough one,’ Duncan said. ‘If you thought this [series] was physical, it’s going to turn up about 10 notches.’”

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  • robb

    Specially because they’ll beat you Timmy

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i got SA in 7. i have little faith in Lionel Hollins ability to gameplan. And i don’t think Memphis is going to be able to beat SA by pounding the ball inside.

  • LeroyShonuff

    Pop vs Deacon Emeritus Hollins… That’s the dividing line… And Can Zach outplay Duncan for 7 games… whoever wins that wins this series…

  • pposse

    Memphis in 7

  • i_ball

    I’m so happy I will be one hour closer to during US for the next two weeks. These playoffs have brought some very nice match ups and this is the best one. Spurs in 7 – homecourt + Pop

  • spit hot fiyah

    feels like a 7 gamer

  • bike

    Smart money is on team Pop-Duncan. In six or seven. Duncan versus Z-BO is good versus evil. Good always wins.

  • pposse

    how is ZBo evil again?

  • bike

    He’s not really but his history (weed, speeding, guns) qualifies him as The Bad Guy. Makes for a story.

  • Lloyd

    I love the Spurs, but I want Memphis to pull this series out. They have the best shot at beating the Heat. At this point, that’s all it’s really about since the title is theirs to lose.

  • AiRsMiTh

    I got the Grizz. If they pound the ball inside and can get Duncan into foul trouble game after game, I don’t think they will be stopped.

  • Nny

    Got the spurs in six, wanna see how memphis plays game one though. It will be a great series either way

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    your examples show your an idiot.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    who wants to make a bet on this series?!

  • pposse

    that is what it comes down to, although the spurs do have “star power” to combat the Heat. I can see Tony Parker taking over games (against the Heat) and Manu possibly getting Wade into foul trouble and the same for Duncan on Bosh

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    If you read this thread carefully, you’ll see no one does. No one’s predicting anything at all!

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    I’ll say this only once: watch out for Matt Bonner in this one. He’s going to play a huge role for the Spurs.

  • Drig

    Still better than Hawks-Pacers or NYK-Pacers, Timmy!

  • Lloyd

    Their offense isn’t potent enough to combat that stifling Heat defence, and they’re too slow to keep up with them in transition. I know I’m simplifying it and I’m sure Pop is going to come up with brilliant stategies to give the Spurs a shot, but Chicago was proof of how a hard-nosed and tough defence can get under Miami’s skin. That’s the key to beating the Heat. I think Indiana and Memphis are the only two teams left who have a chance of doing so.

  • ucanthandlethetruth

    but im a good guy and i love all 3 of those