There is no better feeling then having a superb game on your birthday. Of course I don’t know this from experience but I’ve witnessed the pure joy expressed by players after such a performance. Think about it; you’re the number 1 seed in the playoffs, all you have to do is win 1 out of 2 games on the road against the lowly 8th seed. You had a great easter sunday including a memorable easter egg hunt followed by an incredible concert put on by Memphis’s own Academy award winning group Three-Six Mafia. What better way to finish off your 4 day weekend in the heart of Grizz nation then by having a series changing performance? Who knows, his wife might even find him attractive again after such an outing. Who is this birthday boy I’m speaking of? Tim Duncan, and not one of those things happened as “Timmy” had an embarrassingly weak 6 points and 7 boards. He’s probably banging on Tony Parker’s mansion right now looking for his wife.
I was crying tears of joy watching my Grizz blow out the Spurs as the continue to shock the nation. It was a total team effort as 5 Memphis players scored in double figures with an additional 4 players scoring 8 or 9 points apiece.
San Antonino played decently early on, going into halftime with a 50-48 lead. Whatever head coach, Lionel “Big Dog” Hollins said at halftime seemed to put the Grizz in a frenzy for their sellout crowd. On a quick side note this was only Memphis’s 6th sellout of the season!? How is that possible for a playoff team? What else is there to do in Memphis? Go the games people!! Anyway, the Grizzlies came out like a pack of rabid dog’s or better yet rabid grizzly bears to start the 2nd half and never let off the gas, outscoring the Spurs by 20.
To me, the turning point was when O.J. “Da Juice man” Mayo hit a 3 ball from the corner followed by a nice little “twin guns to holsters” celebration. Mayo then grabbed a deflection on the Spur’s following possession, dribbled down court and threw a perfect lob pass to the Grizz’s other catalyst, Darrell Arthur, who threw it down with the ferociousness only a grizzly bear could provide. Arthur finished with 14, draining about 5 deep jumpers touching nothing but twine, and Mayo added 11.
Mike Conley was another Memphis player who came up large as he scored 15 points dished out 7 assists. He made the Spurs pay for going under the pick and roll, hitting many long jumpers and seemingly ending every Spurs run. After each made jumper he would trot down to his side of the court with a smirk on his face reminiscent of the look a catholic priest carries after an all night “prep” session with his alter boys. After the game Conley had this to say; “I know a lot of people didn’t expect us to be here. It’s not like we were expected to be up 3-1 at this point. In our locker room, we’re just playing it game by game. We want to come into San Antonio looking to end it there. We’re focused and want to be able to move onto the next round.” That’s what I like to here Mikey!!
Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph only combined for 20 points but each had 9 boards and made some great passes. They are both leaders on this team and continue to make big plays.
This is very special group of guys and they are buying into whatever coach Hollins has to say. I’m loving the ride and stay hopeful that the official team of facebook, the Grizz, can finish this series off which would allow me the pleasure of covering them for at least 1 more playoff series. Happy Birthday Tim.
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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.