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The 2007 Warriors proved a one-hit wonder, and the raucous Oracle Arena atmosphere could not propel the team to greater heights. That helter-skelter assembly was not built for sustained postseason appearances.
They qualified for those playoffs, and a date with the Mavericks, on the final night of the regular season by blowing out the Sacramento Kings.
The Grizzlies' arena has become a similarly discordant, ear-splitting hell hole for opponents. The similarities end there.
This roll call, if managed properly, can remain relevant as a late April fixture. The front office and the players must answer a lot of compelling queries. Such as:
Does Wallace shop Gay after the team reached the doorstep of the conference finals without him, or does this extended playoff stay make it all the more necessary to re-integrate the max-contract forward?
How does Hollins go about working Gay back into the lineup if the pricey player stays?
Can Randolph remain a positive influence on his best behavior, or will old habits die hard, given that he's locked into a colossal, perhaps untradeable contract?
Will Wallace exert himself to re-sign Gasol, one of this summer's sexiest free agents? The restricted tag will make it difficult to outbid the Grizzlies for the Spaniard's services. Rest assured a handful of GMs will try. Will Owner Michael Heisley spend whatever it takes to retain an essential ingredient, or is there a ballpark number Memphis will not match, should the potential salary figures get to that threshold?
If management figures out how to keep Gasol, can it pull one more financial trick and hold on to Battier? Would a Gay return eliminate too many minutes to make re-inking the Duke product economical and sensible?
If Wallace secures this core for several more seasons, the onus is on Hollins to deliver smashing results. Heisley's track record suggests he will not subsidize underachievement.
That means the players must continue assisting one another on the defensive end and committing to the little things that can get lost quicker than car keys in a cluttered room. The shots must continue to fall, and the attitude cannot waver.
If the above seems like a lot to ask of an eighth seed sans a proud history, maybe it is. The loser Grizzlies and a once detached supporter base may also have turned a corner.
In the span of a month, each has made its own unmistakable, reputation-shattering noise. The fans and players alike escaped a bad rap borne from unmatched postseason failures and meager attendance.
This all would have sounded preposterous in February. It makes sense now.
The shirts and towels at FedExForum say "believe Memphis." I do. The rest of the league should take that slogan to heart.
Durant and Westbrook may stop these bears dead in their tracks. Few would bet against the host squad in a Game 7.
History says home-court advantage matters in this situation. History has not met these Grizzlies.
This juggernaut killer might stick around awhile.