The playoffs have already begun for the Grizzlies.
Let’s jump right into it. Of the four Western Conference teams jockeying for the final spots in the playoffs, Memphis has the easiest remaining schedule. The much needed win last night against Denver leaves six games standing between us and our post season dreams. Fascinatingly enough, our next two games are versus the two best teams in the NBA (according to playoff seeding, not wins).
First we head to San Antonio to play our archenemies. Then we’ve got Miami at home on Wednesday. I hate to say it, but I think honesty is the best policy- I’m not naïve enough to think we’ll win both of these. Let’s just be realistic and shoot for one victory. Once we fight past those juggernauts, we’ll face the 76ers and the Lakers. Now, the real test will be the final two games of the season. These two are must wins, and I have no doubt in my mind that the Grizzlies will be clawing at a playoff spot in the final moments of the regular season. Would we want it any other way?
Best Case Scenario
We end up dodging San Antonio and clinching the 7th spot in the West.
We haven’t defeated the Spurs this year. Actually, we haven’t beaten them since before last year’s playoff embarrassment when they swept us in the Western Conference Finals. Popovich and Duncan aren’t going to let anyone keep them from getting that final championship ring of their illustrious career together. We definitely want to play the Thunder. Sure they’ve got the likely MVP, Kevin Durant, but they’ve been slightly inconsistent since Westbrook’s injury. We showed our stuff against them in the second round of the playoffs. It’s not ideal at all; just a more comfortable position.
Hypothetically, if we get past the Thunder we would play the Clippers or Golden State, both ideal match ups for this Grizzlies team. So, let’s just say we make it to the Western Conference Finals. Aaaaaand, that’s where my speculation ends. From what I deduce, no one, anywhere can challenge the Spurs this season (except maybe the Thunder who have been successful against them in the regular season).
Worst Case Scenario
After skimming through my “Best Case Scenario,” you can probably figure out what the worst case will be. If Memphis lands in the 8th spot and faces the Spurs, we’ll be in a pickle. I don’t like to get too negative on here, so I’ll refrain from sharing the nasty details of this scenario. We just really really REALLY don’t want to play the Spurs.
Travis and I will have lots more to say as the story unfolds.
And, just so you know…
Wish Tayshaun the best. Now, let’s take care of Grizzness.