I’ve been known as something of a prophet for much of my life. The outcome of game 1 gave credibility to this label. Coach Hollins and myself wanted this matchup and now you see why.
The Grizzzzz shocked the world(not me) with a 101-98 victory over the Spurs in San Antonio. This is a good sign considering road teams that win Game 1 go on to win the series 56.6 percent of the time. Thank you John Hollinger for that statistic. Though Memphis is the 8th they have an identical record with the Spurs after January 1st. Think the boring fans of San Anton are nervous about some of these statistics?
We get it, we get it, the Spurs were without Manu Ginobili, the man with the worst bald spot in the NBA, but as Fire Marshall Bill would say, “Let me show you somethin!!” The Grizz got a horrible game out of Tony Allen, who has been their second best player since joining the starting lineup. This will not happen again. Baldy also won’t make any difference to the fact that they cannot handle to the Grizzly big men inside. The bald headed nut that is Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, and Darrell Arthur should continue to have their way with little Timmy Duncan and the red rocket AKA Matt Bonner. I will also tell you that there is no way the Grizz get called for so many fouls as the Spurs went to the line and shot an insane amount of free throws, 47 to be exact. There seemed to be a foul call on every possession and the Grizzlies still won. Hopefully someone on the end of the Memphis bench comes in and hammers Ginobili right on the elbow. Just kidding. Or am I?
I’m not gonna lie, I lost faith in my beloved Grizz for a minute when Matt Bonner hit 2 clutch 3′s in a row to give the Spurs a 2 point lead with 1 minute and 29 seconds remaining. Zach Randolph inexplicably sagged down on a driving Parker leaving “Bon Bon” for the first 3 then he hit the next one after San Antonio got a lucky offensive board, leaving him wide open. I thought it was the death stroke but then Memphis tied it, made a stop and Shane Battier hit a huge 3 which ended up being the game winner. I would have given anything to see him do the Sam Casell “grande marbles” dance after hitting that then get a tattoo after the game but Shane is such a gentleman. Richard Jefferson ended up with a scarily wide open 3 point shot to tie but choked as usual letting Memphis escape with a win. Grizz nation erupted and the rest is history. Hate or love it the underdogs on top. On to game 2 baby.
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Written by LT Murray
LT hails from the city of Lakewood, Wa. He now lives in San Diego and is a writer for several websites. He loves when people comment on his posts. He is the official Memphis Grizzlies writer/blogger.