When the San Antonio Spurs face the Memphis Grizzlies on opening night of their 2011-2012 season, Memphis might be facing San Antonio without big man Darrell Arthur.
Arthur suffered a serious Achilles injury (possible torn right Achilles) yesterday at Grizzlies practice and the team fears he could be out for the entire season.
Arthur has been a solid big man off the bench for Memphis backing up Zach Randolph and Spurs fans know all to well how much a thorn on the Spurs' side he can be.
During last season's playoff series against San Antonio, and he proved to be not just another big body to throw at the Spurs. For the playoff series, he compiled 48 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocked shots. Not to mention proving he could knock down the mid-range shot and be an energy guy off the bench for Memphis.
Aside from Randolph, Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol, without Arthur, the Grizzlies are now very thin at the power forward and center spots.
Even without d. arthur, the grizzlies can do a repeat. With Randolph, gasol and gay, the grizzlies has enough material to win. What with only TD manning the interior, the grizzlies is happy. Blair is too small, splitter has not shown improvement. The spurs must realize they need a rugged big man to do the trick.
One more thing, try to be a little bit more positive. Nobody takes you seriously if you always keep posting negative things about your "so-called" favorite team.
Just waking up the spurs. I love the spurs as much as you do but if you keep on praising them with so deficient team If you go on praising them with a low ceiling you are doing a disservice. They are signing crumbs from the d-league. Are you happy?
Injury is part of the trade but even with TD, it was clear they will lost. Mcdyess has retired so don't keep on harping about him. If the spurs are serious Dalembert is available. Why talk about FIBA, the NBA is different. Splitter can't rebound Period.
And I have to give them at least a little bit of praise because this team still won 61 games last season. Then, towards the end of the season, Duncan twists his ankle and in the last game against the Suns, Ginobili fractures his elbow. The chemistry is thrown off and the health is not 100%. Putting that together and the toughest matchup of the bottom 4 seeds, the Spurs just couldn't get any lucky breaks after the Duncan injury. This team still needs some tweeks but not so much to where we have to blow up the team. I'm still hopeful that they'll use McDyess's contract in a trade to bring in a big that can help.
Yes, there are things they need to fix, but I don't low-blow them so much to the point where you think they suck like all the low teams like T'Wolves, Kings, Cavs, Pistons, etc.
By the way, it's very clear that you didn't watch the Rockets preseason game because Splitter did look a lot better.
They don't have Shane Battier though, who was an important piece to their playoff run.
Stop trying to predict the future and how about waiting to see what actually happens.