Until Thursday night, the only thing the Memphis Grizzlies were known for in the postseason was their coach complaining about the officials.
But the narrative can change when you beat the San Antonio Spurs — as David Fizdale and the Grizzlies did byu a 105-94 count. The Spurs still lead the series, 2-1, but perhaps thew Grizzlies have found some ways to drag this thing out.
Namely, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies just got physical. Or in the case of the Grind City group, more physical than usual.
“I mean the Spurs were punking us. Let’s be real about it,” Fizdale told reporters. “Those first, probably out of the eight quarters, they just bullied us for like five and a half of those, and you’re not going to beat the Spurs letting them dictate everything. So we had to match them, or otherwise we were going to get pummeled. And so I was just really proud of the way we stepped up and took the challenge.”
Postgame – Griz coach David Fizdale on Z-Bo "When the popcorn starts popping…"
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Spurs star Kawhi Leonard scored 32 and 37 in the first two games, but was held to 18 in Game 3. Also, LaMarcus Aldridge was limited to 16.
It will be interesting to see if the Grizzlies can sustain such a rugged effort and be one of the rare teams to overcome a 2-0 deficit. But you have to start somewhere, and when it comes to that, the Grizz get an A-plus.