Vytis Lasaitis and David Walker of KJG gave their take on the matchup and what we can expect.
Vytis Lasaitis: I think the Spurs will find it very refreshing not having to chase Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson off screens anymore. Memphis is a different opponent in so many ways. First of all, the Spurs will not be able to score as easily, as the Grizzlies play sensational defense. However, defensively San Antonio will also be able to return to their regular positions. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan got abused in high pick-and-rolls against the Warriors, mainly because of the exceptional shooting ability of Curry. Mike Conley has been spectacular in these playoffs, but he is not as big of a threat as Curry in pick-and-rolls. I think the Grizzlies have what it takes to grind San Antonio into the ground, but it should be very close. Memphis in 7.
David Walker: Spurs Grizzles is a fascinating matchup. On the one hand you have the monstrous Grizzlies whose front court has already gone through a gauntlet of young, athletic freaks like Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Serge Ibaka, and Kendrick Perkins (just kidding) and have destroyed all of them. San Antonio now has to offer up Duncan, who Pop is bending over backwards trying to not wear out through sheer minutes alone, Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw. Safe to say it’s easy to like Memphis’ chances there.
On the other hand, Memphis has thrived off playing two very predictable offenses whose second best players where either out entirely or hobbled for most of the series. San Antonio will be the most complex offense Memphis has faced thus far and one that is not reeling from drastic lineup changes (a self-inflicted injury in LA’s case as Vinny tinkered far too much with his rotation). In the end I think Memphis’ offense will finally stall out and the Spurs will give their defense just enough trouble for them to win. Spurs in seven.
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