I’m a bit late on this, but after narrowly defeating the Grizzlies in round 1 of the 2012 NBA playoffs, the Clippers have been vanquished. Taken down in four games by a far superior Spurs team that seemed to be able to score at will. Even in game 4, when the Clippers were at their best, and the Spurs were at their worst, the Spurs still came through.
When watching this brief series, there were two thoughts that came into my head:
1. There’s no way the Grizzlies could’ve beaten that Spurs team.
2. It was really fun watching the Clippers go down like that.
I went into the season thinking the Clippers were a cool, likeable team, and that if the Grizz didn’t win the West, I’d be okay with them taking it. Even going into the series, I remember thinking “at least it’s a team I sort of like, and not somebody like the Lakers”.
Then, the series began and all hell broke loose.
Much like my fellow bloggers, and several commenters, I became enraged at the antics of Flop City. Blake’s diving, and CP3’s whining got on my last nerve pretty quickly.
And Reggie Evans? Oh, how I grew to loathe him. I watched game 6 with my mom, and she can tell you how many rants about him I went on during that one. “He has no skill whatsoever!” I shouted. “All he is is big and dirty.” And I completely stand by that.
Of course, if I’ve learned anything from basketball, as well as hockey, it’s that the marquee of a good playoff series is that you hate the other team by the time it’s over, and the Clippers-Grizzlies series passed that test with flying colors. Once the Spurs-Clippers series started, anything that had ever bothered me about the Spurs fell by the wayside because I just wanted the Clippers dead.
Thankfully, the Spurs obliged, taking them down with the utmost skill and efficiency. The schadenfreude I felt after it was all done probably doesn’t match the levels of Cavs fans after the 2011 finals, but it was close. It was just too much fun to watch the poorly assembled cast of role players that surround CP3 and Blake struggle against an obviously much better team.
If the Grizzlies had pulled of a win in Game 7, I’m guessing the Spurs would’ve chewed them up and spat them out. Frankly, I’m not sure anyone can take them down. Even a juggernaut like Miami basically has the same problem as the Clippers: not enough depth after the two big superstars.
But since the Grizzlies weren’t around for round 2, I’d like to thank the Spurs for putting that aggravating Clippers team in their place. It gave me a lot of joy, and I’m guessing a lot of other Grizzlies fans felt the same way. Come to think of it, I still have some unresolved frustrations from last year’s Grizzlies-Thunder series. Maybe the Spurs can take care of that, too.