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.