The Memphis Grizzlies came out of nowhere this season to make the NBA playoffs as an eighth seed. While the first round is far from over, the Grizzlies have already proven to be a tough out for the Spurs after a Game 1 upset in San Antonio. The series now shifts back to Memphis, where the Griz have a chance to take the upper hand in the Western Conference's 1-8 matchup.
Oklahoma City has taken a 2-0 series advantage, with relative ease, over a "Carmeloless" Nuggets team. While Game 1 proved to be a struggle with what ended up being the Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook show, Game 2 showed why some are already calling the Thunder the favorites out West. Everyone was involved early and often in what ended up being a blowout for OKC.
While one might assume the Thunder would rather play the eighth seed than the first, this actually turns out not to be the case this year. This Grizzlies team gave the Thunder fits during the regular season and would prove to be a very difficult out for the equally talented group of youngsters.
Here are five reasons why the OKC Thunder would rather face the San Antonio Spurs than the Memphis Grizzlies.