Dig Sports: Spurs Western Champions
BY: RITIA BRUCE
Does anyone have a broom please? The San Antonio Spurs swept the Memphis Grizzlies in what seemed like an easy take of the Western Conference in the finals after beating the Grizzlies 93 to 86 on Memorial Day. The Spurs led the Grizzlies the entire game by double digits. Most thought the series was over for the grizzlies during the third quarter when they were down by almost 20 points. That all changed in the last minutes of the game when the Grizzlies went on a run, but the ending result—San Antonio Spurs Western Conference Champions. Point guard Tony Parker led the team to their win, shooting 71 percent from the court. When the Spurs were not doing their best, Parker was there to step in. Parker was slowed down for some time when Grizzlies forward, Marc Gasol, hit him in the face going after the basketball. After walking into the locker room for a checkup, Parker returned shooting as good as when he left the floor. Tim Duncan also did his job in the post overpoweringGasol with basic fundamentals. Duncan scored a total of 15 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks. The spurs are one of the most seasoned teams in the NBA but have also been playing with each other for a very long time.
This is the first time the spurs will be heading to the NBA finals since 2007. The spurs hope to win their fifth championship. “He’s been amazing,” Duncan said of his teammate Parker via CNN Sports. “Every year he gets better and better and better. He’s been carrying us. You can see tonight he carried us the entire game.” They have won four with Tony Parker and Tim Duncan with the franchise. The Spurs advance to the NBA Championships June 6 against the winner of the Eastern Conference finals which are the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers.