San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies (SAS leads 2-0)
It seems like it has been a long time since the Spurs and Grizzlies got together to play a basketball game. You know in this Conference Finals series that will determine who goes to the NBA Finals. Three days off is too much to wait.
Especially with how the Grizzlies have had to stew over a blowout loss in Game One and then a come-from-behind overtime loss in Game Two. Memphis wanted the split before coming home where this series should get even more interesting.
The Grizzlies have yet to lose at home this postseason and have been historically difficult to defeat at FedExForum. Memphis went 32-9 at home and consistently have a racous crowd over at the "Grind House" for Playoff games. San Antonio could take a firm control of this series if they can break that code.
Easier said than done. This is the location where Memphis started a comeback against Los Angeles to win in the first round. This is the location where the Thunder went to see their Western Conference defense end. Memphis left with a 3-1 lead. Now the Grizzlies hope to even this series up and repeat some recent history.
It will be extremely difficult to do that again with San Antonio as the opponent.
The Spurs got some consistently dominant play from Tony Parker in Games One and Two as they built their large leads over the Grizzlies. Memphis should know it cannot fall behind by 15-plus points, even at home, to get these two must-win games. San Antonio also is likely aware of the difficult task ahead in getting a win on the road.
Heading back to San Antonio tied at two should not be an option for the Spurs. The ghosts of last year would begin circling then.
Put that together, with some time to stew, and you have a game that should be very important for both teams.no comments