This feels eerily similar. Deja vu, maybe.
The Golden State series has made the spurs very tired. That coupled with a pretty physical Memphis team, the spurs look exhausted. This 3 day layoff (practically 4 days because roughly 20 hours will have gone by on the 4th day until they actually play) will benefit them greatly. This will give Pop some time to adjust to Memphis finally getting a lineup that works for them, which all in all, is pretty overrated to me. Memphis' comeback was FUELED when Duncan sat down in the beginning of the 4th quarter with 5 fouls. Even when Lionel Hollins changed his lineup, the spurs still managed to build an 18 point lead by the end of the 3rd quarter. But the 4th comes along, Duncan gets raped by the refs, and Memphis starts their comeback. That is no coincidence. I believe we will steal one in Memphis. Three days off benefits US, more so than Memphis, and if we were able to pull out a victory in Golden State's "ROARacle" arena, going into Memphis shouldn't be a problem. I mean, when GS absolutely embarrassed us at home in game 2, so many fans and so many analysts had Golden State coming back to Oakland with the momentum of Game 2 under their belts and most likely winning both games. But no, Parker comes out blazing, we step up our defense and make the Splash Brothers non-factors and we win game 3. I believe we can do this. This three days off is better for us because we have more time to PREPARE for Memphis. Memphis has played two games with us and STILL haven't figured us out yet. We have outplayed Memphis for basically the last 7 quarters out of 8. This long break is not too short where we don't get enough rest, but it's not too long where we come out rusty. It's perfect.