The Spurs might feel like father time is working against them and realize this may be one of their last years - if not the last year - of being one of the best teams in the league. Their core of stars including Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili continue to age, and they know these opportunities must be seized.
Experience proved crucial in the Spurs defeating a faster and sharpshooting Golden State Warriors team in their Semifinals series. When it looked early on like the Warriors would run the Spurs into retirement, the Spurs responded and won two games in one of the hardest arenas to win in on the road. The Spurs mean business and the Warriors learned that lesson the hard way.
The Grizzlies first made the NBA Playoffs as a franchise back in 2004 and were swept by, who else, the San Antonio Spurs. Now they have the opportunity to go to the NBA Finals for the first time and only the Spurs stand in their way.
These Grizzlies are a far cry from the team that the Spurs dispensed of nearly a decade ago. Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph have been punishing opponents with a brutal inside-out game. The Oklahoma City Thunder had no answer for the Grizzlies inside, and Tim Duncan better be ready for a punishing series in the paint as Gasol and Randolph attack the rim.
This afternoon's NBA 2013 Western Conference Finals Playoff Game 1 between the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs tips off at 3:30/2:30c in high definition over the air on ABC. There is no official free online live streaming version of the game to watch on ABC Sports. Unofficial versions are out there, but be extremely weary of downloading software to access them. The Grizzlies are hyped up and will come out strong, so I predict they will use their youth and inside game to overpower the Spurs in San Antonio in Game 1 by a 98-83 score.