The San Antonio Spurs will look to stave off playoff elimination as they host the Memphis Grizzlies tonight in San Antonio for game five with the Grizzlies leading the series 3-1.
After getting blown out of game four 104 to 86, for San Antonio it is very simple: win or the season is over and the chase for title number five is over. Not only that, deal with many who will pronounce the Spurs' reign as an NBA power officially over.
To discuss tonight's must-win scenario for the Spurs, once again I turn to our good buddy Chip Crain from ESPN's 3 Shades of Blue. Your one-stop site on the Internet for all things Grizzlies.
In this Q&A, Chip talks about whether Grizzlies fans are shocked at the 3-1 series lead, what he sees as the Spurs' main issues and more.
Jeff: Are you and Grizzlies fans shocked about the 3-1 lead over the Spurs?
Chip: Well of course we are. Memphis fans knew that the Grizzlies were improving and had the potential to shock in the Spurs in a few games but no one thought a team as inexperienced as the Grizzlies and their coaches could put it together for four straight games.
Memphis fans also felt the Spurs were a great team for the Grizzlies to play since the Spurs aren't that tall, fast or young. Of the top teams in the West, San Antonio is the team the Grizzlies matched up best against.
Still no one thought we would be up 3-1 after four games.
Looking from the outside in, what do you see as the Spurs' main issues in this series aside from the lack of size?