Thoughts on the WCF: Spurs vs. Grizzlies
At first glance this should be a great series full of textbook basketball.
Both teams are solid at every position. There are even some guys off the bench who can make plays. Coach Pop is the gold standard among active coaches, but Lionel Hollins is good too. He seems like he has his guys prepared for war night in and night out. Hollins is a good fit for this Grit 'n Grind team. He likes the old school game (which is why he always backed Conley) and this should be old school basketball at its finest.
Grizzlies' fans are very optimistic, cocky even. Spurs fans are a little bit cocky too. I think this series goes 6 games and it could even go 7.
Memphis' best chance of winning this series is to split the first two in SA and come back home with a chance to take a 3-1 lead. If the Spurs go up 2-0 then the Grizzlies will have their backs against the wall. If the Spurs go up 2-0 I think this series goes 7 with San Antonio likely to win the deciding game at home.
Both teams met 2 years ago with the Grizzlies shocking the Spurs. Memphis didn't have Rudy Gay, but Manu Ginobili was hurt. The Grizzlies brought back a fan favorite in Shane Battier and we all witnessed Video Game Z Bo terrorizing the Spurs' front line. Curiously, the Spurs failed to utilize Tiago Splitter against him. Splitter's length, size, and smarts gives Z Bo fits. Instead they went with McDyess, Matt Bonner, and even Blair. With Manu down, and Z Bo going to town the Grizzlies had the upper hand.
Z Bo was sluggish last year and for parts of this year but he is now rounding into form. On the other side, the Spurs are fully utilizing Tiago Splitter. At the other big man spots, we will witness a classic big man show down between two of the best in the business: the living legend Tim Duncan vs. Marc Gasol. Maybe this will be what Kareem vs. Walton was like...
A HUGE X factor for the Spurs is Kawhi Leonard. He wasn't there two years ago and he can do so many things. He can wear down Prince and Q-Pon, score, rebound, and make plays on both ends of the floor.
Tony Parker vs. Mike Conley should be another war between two point guards who play the game "the way it should be played."
Tony Allen won't have to see Kevin Durant again, but Manu should give him all that he can handle. If Manu goes off, the Spurs have a great chance. If Tony Allen shuts down Manu, then the Spurs will be essentially down to two offensive weapons (Timmy and Tony).
I am looking forward to a great series. Either team can win. If the Grizzlies can steal one of the first two then I really like our chances. If we can't the Spurs will be in the drivers seat with a shot at ending this thing in 6 games. A potential game 7 could be a classic, but I wouldn't bet against the home team (Spurs).
Whoever wins this series would have a pretty good shot at winning the title even against the Miami Heat juggernaut.
This series will be must see TV. Great players playing great basketball.
It'll come down to the defensive side of the ball, who can get stops!
I think it will be a major battle between the two teams. It will be slow, gritty, and highly fundamental. I think the Spurs will win the series because they are the better team offensively and fairly even with the Grizzlies defensively. That being said if the Grizzlies really pound the ball into Z-Bo and Marc Gasol anything could happen. The two of them will determine if the Grizzlies head to their first finals or not.
The Spurs will give us problems because not only do they have a great point guard and a skilled big man, they also have disciplined shooters on the outside like Leonard, Danny Green, Gary Neal, and Matt Bonner. The Clippers didn't have all that and neither did the Thunder.
I am taking the Grizzlies in 6 ONLY if they can get at least a split in the first two games.
Yeah but they need Parker's penetration to get those 3s, which looks shaky right now given Parker's health and who guards him.
Most likely feud I see brewing will be between Zach Randolph and Boris Diaw. Some fat jokes will fly around after Randolph scores in the post a few times and then it's ON.
Lipstick, I can see that. Z Bo will grapple with anyone.
And, by the way that Tony Allen sounded when he said "we're going to the WCF" a part of wondered if he thought the WCF was the name of the WWF and WCW merger. lol
If the refs can keep this thing under control, it should be great. There's a lot of tough guys but no thugs or cheap shot artists.
i got the spurs in 6 in a very tightly played wcf conley vs parker is gonna be a great pg battle timmy and gasol another great match up i like leonard mention hes turning into the perfect glue guy reminds me still of a young gerald wallace
When I see Leonard I see a taller version of Michael Finley. He has an incredible body and very good feel for the game.
Hope that Manu finds his shot in this series, I love when he flies around and is making hie circus shots.
Very hard to predict the outcome of this series. Could be all close games but qoulsn't be surprised if on team finds a grove and finishes in 5 games.
I take the Grizzlies. Didn't like the way Parker was shouting at Danny green or seeing Pop pulling Timmy D out of the game after his stupid turnover in the closeout game against the Warriors. First time ever I have the feeling that the Spurs aren't completely under control by Pop and on the other hand Mamphis is clicking and they have top defenders and ebounders at every position. Conley, Allen, Prince, Z-Bo, Gasol and even Ed Davis can all defend pretty well. The Spurs might have really trouble scoring and rebounding the ball.
I got Memphis in 6.
Tony Allen matches up great with Ginobili and will make his life miserable. Tayshaun Prince will chip in a few points and he matches up well with Leonard too.
Mike Conley is a pesky defender and he's quietly playing very good basketball this postseason. He has turned into a pretty reliable spot up shooter and he's a quick guard who doesnt make alot of mistakes with the ball. Tony Parker is going to score, but not at the rate he will need to.
Zach Randolph is dead nice as a scorer and passer, and he gets rebounds too. He's going to be tough for the Spurs, as will his partner in crime Marc Gasol. Gasol has been a good scorer and has defended well all year long as evidenced by his DPOY. Duncan and boys will have their work cut out for them.
Coach Hollins and Pop are both great coaches, and I dont think Hollins is going to get outcoached so badly to the point he wont emerge victorious. I do not think the Spurs will win this series.
Memphis to the Finals!