2013 NBA Playoffs: Memphis Grizzlies Still Have a Chance Against San Antonio Spurs

By Joseph Newsome
Troy Taormina-US Presswire

The Memphis Grizzlies are in a hole, down 0-2 early on in its NBA Western Conference Finals series with the San Antonio Spurs. The Grizzlies dismantled the Oklahoma City Thunder in the semifinals and looked to be hot heading in to face the Spurs. However, the Spurs dominated Game 1 and Tim Duncan and Tony Parker came up huge in Game 2, helping their team escape a home loss in overtime.

The Grizzlies find themselves in a tough spot, but it’s surely not hopeless. The home team has won every game these teams have played this season, so Memphis will look to tie the series up before having to head back to San Antonio, where they will have to win at least one if they want to make it all the way to the finals.

Memphis almost did the impossible in Game 2, coming back from 12 down in the fourth quarter to force overtime. It looks promising the Grizzlies may be able to steal one on the road, but Zach Randolph has got to shoot better than 33 percent. The whole team for the Grizzlies shot poorly in the games in San Antonio and they will hope to get hot again playing in front of their home crowd.

Tony Allen looked tired and other role players did not play to their potential. Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and  Tayshaun Prince will have to shoot more effectively if the team hopes to make it a competitive series.

The Spurs have tons of playoff experience and when they get hot behind the arc, they can look unbeatable. However, teams have shown the team does have weaknesses and can be beaten. The Grizzlies will now have to try and prove they can beat an elite team like the Spurs in a seven-game series.

Before the series began, it looked as though the Grizzlies would be the dominant team, but once again the Spurs have shown they are not to be overlooked.


Joe Newsome is a Denver Nuggets contributing writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @josocah, check out his Facebook page and add him to your network on Google.

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