But the second-seeded Spurs advanced in six games.
The problem wasn’t how Memphis played. The problem was that Memphis had to play a team as good as San Antonio.
Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal:
And there’s no clear solution.
I’m not sure the Grizzlies could push for a significantly better record next year. Even if they could, I’m not sure it’d be worth the wear and tear on these aging veterans come playoffs.
Gasol is a proud player, and he’s trying to set a high standard. But Memphis’ fate might be a pesky No. 7 seed against a formidable foe. That at least beats one alternative, and considering their collective age, the Grizzlies might not be that far from falling out of the postseason entirely.