Usually the eighth seed in the NBA playoffs rarely pull the upset and defeat the number one ranked team. There are exceptions such as the 2007 eighth seeded Golden State Warriors defeating the number one seeded Dallas Mavericks but will the eighth seeded Memphis Grizzlies shock the world and defeat the number one ranked San Antonio Spurs?
The Grizzlies believe they can and think the Spurs are a good matchup for them.
“We feel pretty confident about it,” said Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur. “I think it’s a good matchup for us.”
Arthur: “I feel like we can win a series.”
Mike Conley: “There’s no reason we can’t play the Spurs and we can’t beat the Spurs.”
Look I can appreciate the Grizzlies confidence. Memphis has to go into a series with the right mentality and it’s no surprise they feel they can win the series. They tested the Spurs in the regular season, went toe-to-toe versus the Spurs, and split the season-series with the Spurs. All this without their star Rudy Gay.