5 Reasons Why The Grizzles Could Shock The World and Win The Championship
After laying waste to both the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder—who were both heavy favorites entering the playoffs—the Memphis Grizzlies are now pitted against the San Antonio Spurs, a team that has dominated the West for a decade and some change.
Like the previous series, nothing will come easy for Memphis. They are just learning how to compete in the playoffs as they haven’t had much throughout the history of their franchise. Despite losing the first game of the series against the Spurs, they’re still in the running. After all, a series truly begins when someone gets a W at their opponent’s home.
Nevertheless, the core of Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, and Zach Randolph has shown signs of brilliance in the recent years, notably upsetting the San Antonio Spurs in the 2011 playoffs in which the Spurs were the number one seed in the West. The Grizzlies were eighth—the last seed.
Will the Grizzlies be able to overcome the Spurs and make the NBA Finals for the first time ever? And if they get there, will they have a shot against their Eastern Conference counterpart (either the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers)? The infant franchise has better chance than you think, and here are five reasons why.
The 2013 NBA Playoff All-Injury Team
The Miami Heat are coasting through the 2013 playoffs and it’s not just a testament to how good they are; they’ve also been very serendipitous with the best players from opposing teams have gotten hurt left and right. And considering that were are the tail end of the NBA awards season where players, coaches, and managers alike are awarded trophies for their achievement, it is only fitting that we—in awards season fashion—celebrate those who are not currently with us on the court. Here are five players who have succumbed to the injury bug, hereby dubbed the 2013 All-Injury
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Being Last is still the Worst in the NBA Draft Lottery
Simply because an NBA team had a horrendous record in the regular season that made them ineligible for the playoffs does not necessarily spell out doom for a second season appearance. There is always the NBA Draft lottery for these teams, where a representative from each franchise sits idly by on national television to see the fate of their franchise as a few ping-pong balls decide their respective fates.
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