Beale Street Beatdown

Randolph was a nightmare for Duncan and the Spurs. photo credit:mediadb.kicker.de

We haven’t seen a #16 beat a #1 in the NCAA yet, but we have seen a #8 take out a #1 in the NBA Playoffs.  It happened again for the fourth time when the Memphis Grizzlies upset the San Antonio Spurs in six games.

Looking back on it now, was it really an upset?  Did Memphis split their regular season series 2-2?  Yep.  Did I disregard that and still sleep on the Grizzlies in that series?  Yep again.  Memphis had a huge advantage down low.  Zach Randolph averaged 21 and 9 for the series, Marc Gasol chipped in 14 and 9, an improvement over his career and season averages.  Memphis stole game one in San Antonio and was pretty much in control the rest of the way.  The Spurs evened things up in game two, Memphis went up 3-1, the  Spurs were fortunate to even force a game six on Gary Neal’s three at the buzzer.  Next up the the Grizz, Kevin Durant and the Thunder.

This series will be good as well.  Can Randolph and Gasol keep it up?  Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka hope to do better defending them than the Spurs did.  The Tony Allen/Shane Battier vs Kevin Durant matchup will be fun to watch too.  I think the addition of Perkins pays off and the Thunder win is six.  As for the rest.

Lakers vs. Mavericks

I think Kobe, Bynum, and Gasol will be to much for Dallas.  Tyson Chandler will battle but Dirk and the Mavs will come up short yet again.  Lakers in six.

Bulls vs. Hawks

Kirk Hinrich, a former Bull, no doubt wants to stick it to his old team.  Joakim Noah and Al Horford won 2 titles together at Florida.  How chippy may things get between the two of them as this series goes on?  Derrick Rose will be Derrick Rose and that will be enough.  Bulls in seven.

Celtics vs. Heat

Celtics won the season series 3-1.  I am gonna sleep on the Heat being able to execute in tough, close games until they show otherwise.  As old as the Celtics are, as many miles as those legs have on them, I still think they find a way to gut it out.  Celtics in six.

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