San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Tip-off: Monday, May 27, 2013 – 9:00 PM ET
FedExForum, Memphis, TN
The San Antonio Spurs have enough experience to know they need to destroy the Memphis Grizzlies now that they’re only a victory away from their first NBA Finals berth in the past six years.
In 2012 San Antonio wasted a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference final when the Oklahoma City Thunder won four straight games.
Online sports wagering fans know the Spurs have to do something now and so do their current Big Three, featuring Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in addition to coach Gregg Popovich. The Spurs are in their 16th straight postseason and have four NBA titles but havent played in the Finals since 2007 at a time when Ginobili recalls the team was being called old even back then.
The Spurs are up 3-0 after rallying from an 18-point deficit in the first quarter Saturday night and winning 104-93 in overtime. Duncan, Parker and Ginobili each scored points in the fourth quarter and beyond after San Antonio played badly in the first 12 minutes that Ginobili said Sunday he still wasn’t sure how they won.
Furthermore, San Antonio had a three-day layoff between Games 2 and 3 with both going to overtime. If the Spurs are able to win Game 4 on tonight and sweep Memphis on out of the postseason, they can rest up until Game 1 of the NBA Finals tips off June 6.
Memphis in the exact same position as this franchise’s first postseason in 2004 — trying to avoid being swept by San Antonio.
The Spurs finished off that sweep, and history shows all 107 teams leading 3-0 in a best-of-seven series have never lost.
However, the Grizzlies are the first team in NBA history to fall behind 0-2 and win four straight by double digits.
Memphis was able to do that in the first round in knocking off the Los Angeles Clippers, then ousted the West’s No. 1 seed in Oklahoma City. Grizz’s coach Lionel Hollins played for the Portland Trail Blazers when this team fell behind 0-2 versus the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1977 NBA Finals and won four straight for the title.