Spurs mauled in Memphis
The slogan is plastered all over billboards and buildings and the broad side of the bars on Beale Street.
One win away from a stunning first-round upset, brought nearer by a
bullying 104-86 victory in Game 4 on Monday night, it’s safe to say
Memphis will believe anything now.
As for the top-seeded Spurs? It’s difficult to know what to make of
them, as they teeter on the edge of one of the greatest playoff
pratfalls in NBA history. On his way out of FedEx Forum, veteran center
Antonio McDyess had one idea.
“We’re playing like a bunch of wussies,” McDyess said.
That analysis didn’t meet with much disagreement, not after the
Grizzlies pummeled the Spurs 56-36 in the second half to assume a 3-1
In the third quarter, during which the Spurs committed seven
turnovers and managed just 15 points, the Grizzlies — energized by Tony
Allen and Mike Conley — did everything but mug them in a Memphis back
“They put their foot on our throat and never let up,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
For the first time this postseason, the game did not go down to the final possession. Memphis would not let it.
Appearing to take their first halftime deficit of the series as a
personal affront, the Grizzlies scored the first 14 points of the second
half to grab the ?? series by the jugular.
Only one top seed in NBA history has lost a best-of-7 series in the
first round. That was the 2007 Dallas Mavericks, who at least made it to
Game 6 before falling to Golden State.