It’s enough to make you say, oh no they didn’t!
Will Memphis Grizzlies fans stop at nothing to gain an edge and snatch a victory from the San Antonio Spurs? During Saturday’s Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals between the Grizzlies and the Spurs, it certainly appeared that way.
Granted, it’s usual and customary for basketball fans to attempt to distract opposing players, especially when they’re at the free-throw line. However, Grizzlies fans at the Fed-Ex Forum reached a new low when they reached for the Eva Longoria and Tony Parker posters. Whenever Parker went to the free-throw line, over-sized cutouts of him and his ex-wife sporting a Grizzlies headband loomed large in the taunting hands of Grizzlies fans.
The unflappable Parker appeared unfazed by the incident. Not only was he a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe, he led the Spurs to a decisive 104-93 OT victory, with a team-high 26 points.
Obviously, opposing fans are depending on the Longoria poster to strike a nerve. Parker and Longoria were involved in a highly publicized divorce in 2011 after four years of marriage. Reportedly, New Orleans Hornets fans pulled a similar stunt when Parker and the Spurs faced the Hornets in 2011. Ironically, the posters appear to be more of a good luck charm because Parker and the Spurs prevailed in that meeting also.
Will Grizzlies fans learn that their pranks have no power and will the ever-professional Spurs cruise to a 4-0 sweep and into the NBA Finals? That remains to be seen. Game 4 is in Memphis on Monday (9 p.m. EST).
Hollie M. Woods is a writer for Rant Sports covering the Chicago Bulls and the NBA. “Like” her on Facebook.