The San Antonio Spurs had one of their best regular seasons in franchise history. They led the league for the most part of the season and finished as the number one seed in the Western Conference.
They started out fast and strong but as the post season approaches, they were limping. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili both suffered significant injuries heading into the playoffs.
In their first-round series against a tough Grizzlies squad, Duncan looked slower while Ginobili kept playing with a huge arm brace to protect his ailing elbow.
In the first four games of the series, the Spurs had nothing. They won Game 2 on sheer will and maybe a few bounces that went their way.
Memphis on the other hand, had played like they have something to prove. They are the aggressor, and are bullying the Spurs with toughness.
With their season on the line, it’s time for the Spurs to make a stand. If this is their last realistic chance to win another title together, Duncan, Ginobili and Parker must turn back the clock.
But they will need help, their bench has to respond.
If George Hill can play like he did against Dallas last year, Gary Neal and Matt Bonner finds their shooting touch, and Richard Jefferson discovers his aggressive self, then the Spurs might pull out a victory and turn the tides to their favor.
This is their final chance. It’s win or go home. It’s time to make a stand and show the world who the Spurs really are.