Unlike some people in this world, I can admit when I was wrong. It’s not hard to admit it, and in this case, I feel like I must address it. The San Antonio Spurs made me look like a damn fool. I can’t even front about how sick I am to see how they are in the finals. Granted, as a Laker fan, I can admit that I don’t like them. But, they are extremely entertaining to watch when on their game. Last week, I said Memphis in 6 because I felt like Memphis was the better team. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan gave me the silent “F YOU SHAUN” and decided to sweep the
Vancouver Memphis Grizzlies. In fact, let’s go back and recall what I said about Memphis and why I said they would make an appearance in the finals.
Tony Allen is gonna lock down either Manu Ginobili or Tony Parker when the game is tight in the 4th quarter. Or maybe Conley will. I don’t even know at this point, but one of those two are getting shut down. Allen is the best wing defender in the league, and he’ll make things tough for one of them.
The only thing Tony Allen did well was this:
Tony Allen. Great defender. Below average offensive player. Excellent actor. Allen averaged 8 points a game, shot 38% from the floor, and couldn’t spread the floor out when the Spurs packed the paint in. BRILLIANT! Mike Conley played well, but Tony Parker made him look like he was a rookie. Incredible how this occurred.
Speaking of Tony Parker, I think he’s more hurt than we believe. Everyone is talking about his calf, but other than a couple of shots in game 6 against Golden State, Parker had no lift on his jumpshots. When healthy, Parker is one of the most dangerous pick and roll players because his 15-18 foot midrange jumpshot is deadly, and if you attempt to contest it, he’ll go by you for a layup. If he has no lift on his jumpshot, then well………….
Probably the funniest thing I’ve written since I was at Oak Harbor High School. Parker shot 53% from the field, averaged 24.5 points, and the Grizzlies couldn’t figure out how to guard him since he’s the pick and roll God right now. Parker looked BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD in game 6 against Golden State. He looked slow, hurt, and didn’t look like he could carry an offense. In the close out game last night? 37 points. 15-21 from the field. 6 assists. 4 rebounds. Bonne merde Tony Parker le pick and roll dieu (When you translate this, you’ll laugh. I think?).
Memphis is the better team. Period. San Antonio is a solid ballclub, but Memphis is better. As of right now, I’d take Gasol/Z-Bo/Arthur over Duncan/Splitter/Diaw. I think Memphis will be able to control the game with their defense, their rebounding, and their toughness. Memphis has problems scoring at times, but in the playoffs, they’ve been able to grind and grit.
Boy I tell ya. Marc Gasol/Zach Randolph/Darrell Arthur made Boris Diaw, and Tiago Splitter look like First-Team All-NBA performers. Marc Gasol looked average on both sides of the ball. Zach Randolph regressed to Zach Randolph post knee surgery after balling out for a month, and seemed bothered by the length of the Spurs’ big men. When you make Boris “I came in as a point guard, but now I’m 290 pounds and look like I belong at a buffet line instead of playing in the NBA” Diaw look like an All-Star, things aren’t going your way. However, Tim Duncan is different, and the fact that I even wrote that…. I need to be shot.
The funny thing is when I heard Tim Duncan was going through a divorce, I did this face:
Then, I did this face:
and then, I started playing this song as I poured one out for the big fella.
To be honest with you, I didn’t even know Tim Duncan was married. I didn’t even know Tim Duncan had kids. In fact, I noticed that Tim Duncan has a huge back tattoo during game 4. II’m learning more things about Tim Duncan that I needed to know. The crazy thing is? Tim Duncan is really performing, and I have to salute. Not only is he the best power forward to play the game, he has a chance to go down as a top 5-8 player of all-time with another ring. Salute the man named Timmy.
So Memphis, I guess it was fun for you. I mean, what’s worse? Being in Vancouver and losing 60 games each year when you had Big Country, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, and a young Mike Bibby, or moving to Memphis and slowly building to be a force in the Western Conference, losing to one of the leagues best franchises since 1999? A sweep is nothing to be happy about, but it was your best season in well, franchise history. Keep your head up and don’t press the panic button like that team in Los Angeles (Taking shots at my own team. Wait, both teams in LA panicked. Lol, Clippers, way to be like us).
For the rest of us?
I guess we have to see this more and more since ESPN has the finals.