What Have We Learned: Spurs vs Grizzlies


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I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed I am that the Grizzlies got swept. I had suck high hopes for this series, hell I picked the Grizzlies to win the series for crying outloud! I really thought Memphis had the goods to take the Spurs out.

Memphis had their chances to win games in the series, but just couldn’t execute on either end of the court down the stretch. I’ve never seen a professional team give up so many backdoor layups. You’d think they would’ve figured it out and adjusted to what they were doing. Thank goodness we still have Heat vs Pacers.

So what have we learned about these teams after this sweep?

TPNBA-Playoffs-San-Antonio-Spurs-at-Memphis-Gri-007-1305272307_4_3_rx513_c680x510Tony Parker is Dat Dude…

Its funny, I’ve always been reluctant to give Parker credit for being a 3-time world champion and I’m not alone. When people start naming the best point guards in the nba, you rarely see anyone outside of texas, say he’s the best PG in the league. You’ll hear Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, but I don’t hear Parker’s name brought up like that.

For me, I always devalued him because his supporting cast was outstanding. It wasn’t until 2005 that he really showed his growth as a player, being named the Finals MVP.

He destroyed Memphis in this series. Whether it was off pick & roll or coming off of screens, Parker was unguardable. He got into the paint at will, so Memphis made him a jump shooter, and he made those too. When he wasn’t scoring he was dropping dimes. An incredible performance vs the best defensive team in the league.

Its about time the Basketball world shows this man respect.

That Rudy Gay Trade Was a Bad Idea

We don’t curse on this blog. But if we did, I’d have some choice words for Tayshaun Prince. How bout this, since I can’t curse I’ll get Evelyn Lozada to come in tell y’all how we feel about Tayshaun’s performance…

Yep, that dude was a non-@#$%!& factor the whole series. There were plenty of moments where I was watching the games thinking ‘damn, they manu-ginobili-rudy-gay-dunkcould really use Rudy Gay right now…’.

Conley was  being chased all over the perimeter, running P&R’s and taking dribble handoffs, trying desperately to create something. With him being the only creator, the Spurs loaded up on him. He went against Parker, then the longer defenders Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard. Conely really stepped up his game post-trade, but he can only do so much.

Looking back on how this series went, it would’ve been nice to have Gay on that court. A 6’9″ super athete, who can create his own shot and also hit 3s. Plus down the stretch I’d rather have Gay taking late game shots over Jared Bayless or Quincy Pondexter.

I’m sure the Grizzlies wish they had a do-over with that one.

As customary with a sweep, we leave you with the Turbo “Broom Dance”. Time to get those vaacation plans ready fellas

 

– N.D. Face

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