Spurs Sweep Grizzlies in Western Conference Finals May 28, 2013 09:29
The San Antonio Spurs have swept the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals, and are now on their way to the NBA Championship Finals.
This is the first time that the Spurs are back in the NBA Finals since 2007, and they're going to be looking to make a big impact against either the Miami Heat, or the Indiana Pacers.
The Spurs won game 4 by a score of 93-86, and Tony Parker pulled out a serious game to help get them there. He scored 37 points, and had 6 assists on the night. Parker was a very big part of why the Spurs have made it to the finals, mostly because in the last few games of the series against the Grizzlies, he was able to alter his game play to keep them guessing.
In game 2 against the Grizzlies, Parker had racked up 18 assists by driving to the basket and then throwing the ball out to shooters waiting on the 3 point line, and that is what really hurt the Grizzlies. In the last two games of the series, the Grizzlies clamped down on the shooters, but that left Parker open to take the ball to the rack whenever he liked.
The Memphis Grizzlies took quite a beating in the series, not least because their big man, Zach Randolph, had a rough series, and struggled throughout. Which Randolph dominated in the early rounds of the play-offs, the Spurs used Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter to alternatively hold the big man down. As as result, Randolph only scored an average of 11 points, down from 19.7 earlier in the playoffs.
The Spurs played a tough game at both the offensive and defensive ends