Duel says Grizzlies not typical 8th seed

grizzpreviewI had a chance to ask ESPN 1250 The Zone’s Chris Duel about the San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies series starting tomorrow.

Chris, who hosts the Chris and Jason Show in San Antonio, had plenty to say when it came to the series and even said we may be witnessing the last of Tim Duncan in the playoffs.

“Your average Spurs fan may not think about it, but we might be watching Tim Duncan’s last playoff run. Some experts believe that the NBA labor dispute will lead to a complete cancellation of next season, the final year of Duncan’s contract,” Duel said.

With this possibly the last playoffs of the Duncan era, Duel says Spurs fans should pay special attention to these playoffs.

“All the more reason we should savor every moment of the playoffs. Memphis is not the typical #8 seed. At 46-36, the Grizzlies come to San Antonio with a great deal of confidence and a regular season history of giving the Spurs fits,” Duel said. “Manu Ginobili’s recovery from his elbow injury will be a huge key to the series. He is the engine that powers the Spurs machine.”

Duel says while most would expect the Rudy Gay injury to be a blow to this Grizzlies team, there are still plenty of threats on Memphis’ offense.

“While Memphis lost Rudy Gay to injury in February, O.J. Mayo and others have picked up the scoring slack. Memphis’ front line is bigger than the Spurs and Marc (brother of Pau) Gasol will try to wear down Duncan and force the Spurs to rely on their outside game,” he said. “Given the Spurs inconsistency the final weeks of the season, we cannot assume they will sweep or win in five games. Thus, my prediction: Spurs in 6. “
Thanks to Chris for taking some time out to answer our questions and be sure to listen to him every weekday afternoon on ESPN 1250 The Zone

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.