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Tim Duncan Against Marc Gasol Is a Key Matchup In San Antonio Spurs-Memphis Grizzlies Game

Spruce Derden – USA Today Sports

The San Antonio Spurs will start their season at the AT&T Center with the support of their fans as their opponent on the hardwood will be the tough Memphis Grizzlies.

These two sides have met each other in the playoffs in two of the last three years and the games are always very close and entertaining in what is quickly becoming a heated rivalry in the Western Conference.

Perhaps the Grizzlies don’t have the perimeter weapons they had in recent years in O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay, so San Antonio might have an edge there with the presence of Manu Ginobili and Danny Green, but the real matchup will be inside the paint between Tim Duncan and Marc Gasol.

Both players are considered as one of the best in their positions, and even when Duncan starts as the power forward and Gasol goes under center, it’s very likely that both players will end paired on both ends of the court as the game progresses. Duncan’s offensive set is one of the best the game has seen and Gasol is the only interior defender on the Grizzlies roster who’s able to upset him.

Duncan has an edge in terms of skill and experience, but Gasol is quickly becoming one of the best centers in the league and he’s a hustler down low, so he will be a tough assignment for any player guarding him.

The matchup between these two will be very fun to watch and it might be decisive as it could determine which team will earn their first win of the season.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google.