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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.

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17 Responses to Schadenfreude And The Spurs

  1. MattNo Gravatar says:

    I am an outsider looking in but here is what I see with Memphis:

    1) they lost in the first round to a team who got swept 4-0 in the second round;

    2) they will be a luxury tax team unless they move a big contract and their owner has said they will not be a luxury tax team;

    3) Gasol is not going anywhere, Conley does not make enough money to make a difference, Randolph (when healthy) is the heart and soul of the team and will never return close to fair value in a trade, Gay is the player left;

    4) no back up PF/C next year and litte 3pt shooting on the roster for next year.

    So with an outside point of view given, what do you say about trading Gay to Toronto?

    http://www.hoopsworld.com/toronto-raptors-possible-draft-day-trades

    Raptors draft pick (likely 8), Ed Davis, and James Johnson.

    In a deep draft (no sure stars but quality players) you get a likely rotational player. Ed Davis can play the backup PF/C much like Speights/Arthur. James Johnson is Josh Smith-lite. The Grizzlies are off the hook for $16.5M to Gay next year.

    The trade puts Memphis about $10M under the cap and about $8M below the luxury tax with qualifying offers issued to Mayo/Arthur/Speights which would allow the Grizz to use their exceptions to address depth and 3point shooting.

    So what do you think as a Memphis fan?

    • Larry HarrisNo Gravatar says:

      You obviously did not see Mayo against the Clippers.

      • MattNo Gravatar says:

        He played awful. However, he is still an asset and even if the Grizz let him walk for nothing (i.e. do not make qualifying offer) then they are still looking at a $62M payroll with no backup PG, no back up PF/C’s, little 3pt shooting, and little bench scoring.

    • Chris FaulknerNo Gravatar says:

      Dude please go clog up your Toronto blog with this stuff … it’s not necessary to post it in more than one of our entries.

      • MattNo Gravatar says:

        I do apologize for the double post but there is not a lot of traffic around here. I was looking for insight from whomever might read the post and offer a Memphis perspective.

        With that said, like in the other thread, another insightful reply. 3SOB is blessed to have your contributions.

        Like I said before, based on a small sample, I have an idea of the offer – thank you.

  2. MSF10710No Gravatar says:

    You summed up everything I felt about this series perfectly. Even my mother grew to loathe the Clippers by the end of this series, and she’s not even a fan of basketball.

  3. Lee Eric SmithNo Gravatar says:

    I couldn’t help but enjoy the karma of watching the Spurs surge back to win after the Clippers blew a 24 point lead on their own floor.

    That was fun!

  4. GermanGrizzFanNo Gravatar says:

    I completely agree with all that, Jhugar! I hate Flop City with a passion, and I too believe the Spurs will win it all. It never ceases to amaze how great of a coach Popovich is and how well his players play in his system.

  5. boNo Gravatar says:

    i hope the grizz watched the series, just to watch the spurs
    MOVE THE BALL AROUND, also known as “passing the ball.”
    and players without the ball actually moved around some, i think looking for open spots on the court. i think this is called ” moving without the ball.”
    these maneuvers seemed to actually find an open shooter ( this being a teammate who doesn’t have defender draped all over him) in a spot where he could actually make his shot.
    routinely……
    another miraculous effect of this seemingly bizarre ball and man movement was that the larger players, close to the basket ( i think this is called” in the paint”), were not defended by 2-3 players and could not only catch a pass somewhere near the basket, but were also able to take short shots from these positions.
    perhaps we could hire an offensive coaching genius to teach our players these outlandish moves/tactics……

  6. Andy WatersNo Gravatar says:

    Matt,

    Really sorry that no one has bothered to help you out. I think I can explain the remarkable lack of hospitality; most all who comment on this site are completely unaware of the financial side of basketball. They routinely call for Rudy to be traded for Tyreke Evans, for us to sign Andre Miller as a backup PG, and for OJ Mayo to be extended. I can tell you’ve done your research, so i will not waste your time by explaining exactly why those scenarios are so ludicrous.

    I, on the other hand, have no idea what the Raptors front office is like or how close they are to the salary cap. I can only tell you that Chris Wallace will not trade Rudy Gay. It’s just not gonna happen. He personally gave him a deal bigger than KD35′s in order to preserve a core for the Griz to build around for the next 4 years, and one mediocre postseason performance simply doesn’t warrant the restart that trading Rudy for the #8 pick brings.

    You’re right that we will be in luxury tax territory if we extend all our QO’s, but I don’t think we will do that. OJ will walk, I guarantee it, and either Speights or Arthur is probably gone. That being said, we will probably fill in the missing pieces with veteran’s minimums and the like (Hamed Haddadi).

    Interesting thought, but I doubt the Griz will be major players this offseason. Then again, maybe we’ll do a sign and trade with OJ for the third pick and go back to the drawing board. You never know.

    • MattNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you for the thought put in the response.

      I still am dubious given that if the Grizz let Mayo walk for nothing (i.e. do not make qualifying offer) then they are still looking at a $62M payroll with no backup PG, no back up PF/Cā€™s, little 3pt shooting, and little bench scoring.

      After Heisley said he would not pay the luxury tax that leaves the Grizzlies $7.9M to upgrade a roster with glaring needs that lost in the first round to a team that got swept in the second.

      Anyways, thanks again. I do not mean to be hostile or purposely ‘rattle the cages’ of Memphis fans. I am a fan first and foremost but I am also a fan of the NBA. It will be very interesting to see how things play out this summer from a basketball and financial perspective in Memphis.

  7. CamNo Gravatar says:

    Matt,

    I posted you’re trade on the Raptors message board and added Kleiza. Seems like the consensus is that deal is very realistic.

    So what do you think? Would the raptors throw in Bayless or Kleiza?

    • MattNo Gravatar says:

      Throwing in Kleiza or Bayless in addition to James Johnson, Ed Davis, and pick would be fine by me.

      There are issues with Bayless though. Bayless is a restricted free agent though. He would have to agree to a contract with Memphis.

      The other issue is that could not be done until July 1st. From what I understand the Raptors GM is looking to add salary prior to July 1st to take advantage of the mid level exception and the traded player exception that was created when they traded Barbosa.

      With the cap space created by trading ED, pick, and JJ the Grizz could go ahead and sign Bayless with a *wink*wink* from Toronto to not match the offer – but again that relies on Bayless wanting to go there.

  8. Andy WatersNo Gravatar says:

    Bayless would make the deal more than reasonable from my side of the room.

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