Western Conference Finals Preview

The match up between Randolph and Duncan will be a physical battle.

The Western Conference Finals will be a battle between two veteran squads hungry to get a ring. Memphis and San Antonio took out two younger, quicker teams to get to the conference finals. Memphis took care of a Russell Westbrook less Thunder team that had to rely on Kevin Durant and not much else. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol dominated Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins inside and Mike Conley made big shots from the perimeter all series. San Antonio was tested by an up and coming Warriors team led by budding superstar Steph Curry, but the Spurs and Tony Parker made clutch shots down the stretch to win it in 6 games. Tim Duncan had his consistent solid inside game and Manu Ginobili was a tough match up for Golden State off the bench. The Grizzlies and Spurs met four times in the regular season and split 2-2 with two games going to overtime. Three match ups will decide this series and they are at the power forward, point guard and shooting guard positions. Tim Duncan and Z-Bo will battle in the post and both men will not give and inch, but whoever imposes their will more will sway this series. Mike Conley is one of the underrated point guards in the league, but he will have to deal with arguably the best point in Tony Parker. Parker is a horrible match up because he can drive to the basket and has a great three point stroke as well. The final battle will be at the 2, where the best defender in the series Tony Allen will have to shut down the Spurs spark off the bench. Manu Ginobili gets starter minutes and is on the floor late in games and will have a say in the outcome, so Allen must be his shadow him all series long. The Grizzlies are more physical and Conley and Allen will do a decent job slowing down the Spurs back court.

Grizzlies in 6

The winner of the Conley-Parker match up will go a long way towards who wins the series.

Ginobili will be on the floor late in games, so Tony Allen will need to shadow him all series long.


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