By Kyle Boenitz, Project Spurs.com
I think we can safely assume the San Antonio Spurs are moving on to the next round without worrying about a jinx. If the Utah Jazz do pull a miracle and come back, I’ll go ahead and take the blame for it, but I’m going to start looking ahead a little bit to the Spurs’ next opponent.
The 4th-seeded Memphis Grizzlies and the 5th-seeded Los Angeles Clippers are currently battling it out in their series and it’s way too early to tell who’s coming out alive. The Clippers managed to steal a game in Memphis on a miracle comeback and after a 2nd one-point victory in Game 3, the momentum might be with L.A., but if the Grizzlies can steal game 4, things will be all knotted up and we’ll have a series again.
Should the Spurs be rooting to avenge (go see the movie if you haven’t already) last year’s playoff upset against the Grizzlies or should they be hoping to face the playoff-inexperienced Clippers?
The Spurs swept the four game season series with the Grizzlies this year. Three of those were double-digit wins, perhaps taking out frustrations for last year’s early exit from the postseason. Granted, the Grizzlies were dealing with injury problems all year, but I don’t think the Spurs have as much to fear if they face them in the second round.
Last year, it was just the perfect storm for an upset. With Manu’s injury, the Grizzlies were able to gain a lot of early momentum and they carried that to a series win against the Spurs. I don’t think the Grizzlies were necessarily the better team, but they played like it in those games.
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