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The Memphis Grizzlies enter the playoffs without star forward Rudy Gay, but should still have hopes of beating the Spurs
It isn’t too often that someone predicts an eight-seed to upset the team with the NBA’s second-best record, but if it’s going to happen this year the Grizzlies have the potential to do it. Despite losing Rudy Gay (their leading scorer and best player) to injury, the Grizzlies have beaten the Spurs twice in their four-game season series, including both of their March meetings.
The most surprising win, their 16-point victory on March 1, came against a Spurs team missing Tony Parker. But later on in the month, they beat a healthy Spurs team. But don’t discount the Spurs' season—they have been one of the best teams in the league by far and have the leadership and experience of four-time champion Tim Duncan, who joins Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker to form one of the league’s best triumvirates.
The only way the Grizzlies can pull this off is if they get the same stellar performances from Zach Randolph, Tony Allen and Mike Conley on a consistent basis. The Spurs have huge advantages, with one of the league’s deepest benches as well as the incredible experience of Tim Duncan and Greg Popovich. One wrong move by the Spurs and the Grizzlies will be able to run all over them and pull off one of the greatest upsets in NBA playoff history.