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2011 NBA Playoffs: Seattle vs. Vancouver—Err... Grizzlies vs. Zombies

MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 29:  Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrates during the Grizzlies 99-91 win over the San Antonio Spurs  in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 29, 2011 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Kevin NesgodaCorrespondent IApril 30, 2011

The San Antonio Spurs will not be winning their fifth championship of the Tim Duncan Era after losing a decisive Game 6 to the upstart Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

The Grizzlies without their supposed best player in Rudy Gay, really did not have a whole lot of trouble with the aging Spurs in this series.

The win now sets up a what should be a Northwest series. This upcoming series should be Seattle vs. Vancouver.

Sonics vs. Grizzlies.

Due to the bad dealings of their management, the Grizzlies were scuttled out of a large metropolitan area to the third-best BBQ city in the US.

Their opponents were stolen from their city by hook and crook and now are in the middle of nowhere.

When you see Memphis vs. Oklahoma City you expect there to be AA or AAA in the playoff logo somewhere.

I am sorry, but when you see Memphis vs. Oklahoma City do you really expect NBA playoffs or a AAA baseball tilt that 18 people are going to show up for?

Will it be a fun series?

Hell yes it will be.

The Grizzlies and Zombies are going to give us a series worth watching. It's going to be very uptempo, physical and some shaky coaching.

Scott Brooks cannot make the right decision ever in the final two minutes. Russel Westbrook shouldn't be allowed to have the ball in the final two minutes and Kevin Durant needs to shoot about 84 percent of the Zombies' shots.

Zach Randolph is going to be very hard to stop. Yes, the Spurs don't have anyone in their frontcourt that could slow him down and Marc Gasol also is a bit of a beast. Tony Allen is playing inspired ball, Sam Young (not my future brother-in-law (thought I should clear that up now) is doing so much better than we thought and the General (Greivis Vasquez) is giving some very inspired minutes off the bench.

How do the Grizzlies win?

They get as physical with the Zombies as possible, play off Westbrook and make him shoot from 15 feet out as much as possible and make Durant scoring 30 as hard as possible.

How do the Zombies win?

They find a way to patch up the ever brewing Avon-Stringer tangent with Durant-Westbrook. If Westbrook tries to be alpha dog, Zombies are going to lose quickly.

Who do I think will win?

Sadly, I think the Zombies pull it out in six. There will not be a single blowout and free throw shooting is going to be key in the final two minutes.

Thank God, the Grizzlies can make a good chunk of their free throws and learned how to close out games against the Spurs.

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