The San Antonio Spurs advanced in the Western Conference by sweeping the Utah Jazz in their first-round series. Now the team will have some time off as they await for the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers-Memphis Grizzlies first-round series.
Currently, the Clippers are leading the series (3-1) and Game 5 will be in Memphis but as San Antonio rests, and prepares for their next opponent, here is how the team fared against the two teams in the regular season.
For a more in-depth look at the Clippers and Grizzlies, make sure to read Project Spurs' Kyle Boenitz's recent breakdown.
The Spurs went 2-1 against Los Angeles this regular season.
The Spurs went 4-0 against Memphis this regular season.
What do you have to say Spurs fans? Considering the Clippers might be on the verge of advancing, it would seem San Antonio played much better versus the Grizzlies.
can't wait for the second round. it's a rematch of sorts either Clips or Grizz. Remember Hornets led by CP3 beat us a few years back, and Grizz last season.
I wouldn't mind lac so sas can get used to playing an explosive, youthful team in case okc meets them in the west finals.
Clippers are still a much better matchup. Their offense comes to a grinding halt with CP3 out of the game. Although we are not the best in pick and roll defense, (which is all the Clips do) Popovich will easily find the solution in trapping and double-teaming Paul off of the pick. Let Reggie Evans, who Clippers fans and Vinny seem to adore, get the ball rolling to the basket to test his decision making/FT shooting skills. Butler's injury makes him a 3pt shooter only in this series, Billups is out, and Mo Williams was the reason we lost a game to them this season.
Finally, let me state that BLAKE GRIFFIN HAS NO POST UP GAME. He relies purely on strength and speed to over power and try to go around his defender. We can easily frustrate his game. DeAndre Jordan doesn't even play anymore. Reggie Evans is an offensive liability, and they have recently been intent on playing K-Mart at the SF position. Their big men are entirely useless unless they are in lob-city mode (if we lose to that, we don't deserve a championship). They are a horrendous FT shooting team with their posts. Don't be surprise of Pop pulls a hack-a-reggie/Blake/Jordan in this series because they are terrible.
We should be able to run the Clips out of the building barring us giving up frequent alley-oops.
i would actually want to face the griz instead. theyre not the same team as last year, gasol is tired, randolph isnt unstoppable, no sam young or arthur to pound with, and no shane battier. not to mention adding gay changed the dynamic of the team so even if gasol and randolph were at their peaks, the team is running through gay which takes away a lot of the advantage they had last year. in addition, cp3 and blake have been doing a marvelous job of bitching and flopping and, annoyingly, whining their way through games. i dont like the match up with the clips because its pretty much who can work the refs better. lets hope pop can still confuse some refs and parker shows some of that flare when they wired him up on tnt and kept coming at the refs.
When NBAtv was reviewing the possible second round series they said that Memphis was 4-0 against the Spurs in the regular season.
Nobody even knew to correct it, they just stated it as fact and moved on.
On a brighter note, the Spurs will sweep either team if we come out hungry. If we get off to a slow start, we may see a game 5.
The likelyhood is we face LA. I'm ok with that. Let CP get his and slow everyone else. Even though a 7gamer means B2B in the 2nd round, I'm all for the clips/griz series to go 7. Let them beat each other up, let them continue to play the stars 38-45 minutes every other night. My only concern is rust on the spurs. It took manu 3.5 games to get a rhythm. Don't want that again. Spurs in 5-6 over either team.