NBA Playoffs 2012: Memphis Grizzlies Are the Hipster's Favorite

Tom Firme@TFirmeAnalyst IIApril 23, 2012

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The Memphis Grizzlies do what they need to do to win. The Grizzlies play solid defense, with Tony Allen, Rudy Gay and Mike Conley grabbing steals. O.J. Mayo gives them scoring off the bench. Lionel Hollins has coached his team into a contender.

The hipster will be quite upset if the Grizzlies don't win the NBA Finals. The hipster is pleased with the rise of this small-market team. With their transition offense, the Grizzlies are an exciting bunch. Allen gets a steal, Conley makes the outlet pass and Gay slams it home.

That's tots showtime.

Many mainstream NBA fans have trouble recognizing just how entertaining the Grizzlies are. These fans can't turn away from teams like the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers. This is understandable. Because the hipster is often fixated on these teams, this comes as no surprise. These teams get far more attention than the Grizzlies.

Still, these teams are simply a drag. The Heat are passe. LeBron James is more overplayed than Katy Perry. He'll make incredible plays, but will probably pass on the opportunity for greatness again this postseason.

Dwyane Wade puts up nice numbers (22.1 points, 4.6 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.7 steals per game), but he mailed it in during the 2011 NBA Finals, too.

The Lakers aren't much to be happy about. Kobe Bryant's show is old and tired. He scores 27.9 points per game, but has to take 23 field-goal attempts per game to get there. The hipster would rather listen to Art Brut than watch this mainstream superstar.

And Paul Gasol? Please.

Marc Gasol is much better. Marc is stronger than Pau in the post. Also, Pau hasn't blocked shots like Marc does since he was with the Grizzlies.

Most fans are just coming around to the Grizzlies' best player, Zach Randolph. Randolph hasn't been allowed to be a true star because the mainstream media treats him like a caged lion, as though Z-Bo is too monstrous to be enjoyed.

His maturation is a discussion for another time, but his game has had the hipster in awe for years. He's been one of the most dominant rebounders since he joined the Grizzlies. He led the NBA in offensive rebounds in 2009-10 (330) and was second in 2010-11 (326). Also, he led the league in offensive rebounding percentage last year (14.2 percent).

He was third in rebounds per game the last two years (11.7 in 2009-10 and 12.2 in 2010-11).

Randolph hasn't missed a beat since coming back from a partially torn MCL. He's averaging 10.9 rebounds per 36 minutes and has an 11.6 percent offensive rebounding percentage.

Many fans read Gay's stats and believe he's a loss. However, on a balanced scoring team that doesn't need a great deal of scoring, Gay is the man. He averages 19 points per game, which is low for the leading scorer for a contender.

However, for a team that allows 93.1 points per game and has five players averaging 11 points or more per game, it's just fine. He's had a game high in scoring 18 times this season.

Gay charges the floor in transition and makes great moves off the dribble to create for himself in the halfcourt.

It's strange how people continue to pass over Gay like an album by Tennis.

Anyway, the Grizzlies could beat anyone they meet in the Western Conference in the playoffs. Their bigs match up favorably with the San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter and DeJuan Blair.

Allen can ably defend Kobe Bryant. Mike Conley can hang with Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The hipster will be pulling for the Grizzlies even harder this postseason than last year's. Randolph was amazing in their playoff run last year. To see who the star is this year will be exciting. If they don't win it all, the hipster will be deeply troubled.