The Grizzlies have opened a playoff series on the road, are given no chance by experts, and looked completely outmatched by their opponent after the first game.
Sound familiar? It unfortunately has a similar ring to the bell of the 2013 Western Conference Finals, at least to this Grizzlies fan. However, there's one big tonal difference here: the health of Mike Conley.
The Grizzlies were swept by the Spurs in 2013 because they didn't have the right roster to compete with San Antonio. The avalanche from the 2015 Warriors, a team who is probably even better than the 2013 Spurs, could be aided by injuries to one of the Grizzlies' most important players -- something the Grizzlies have dealt with in the 2012, 2014, and now 2015 postseasons. And if Memphis were to get swept in the coming week, you can bet a lot of fans will point to the ailing Mike Conley as the chief culprit alongside the ridiculous play of Golden State.
But as much as the questionable health of Mike casts doubt on the Grizzlies' chances against the Warriors, the pending status of Conley simultaneously allows me to hold on to hope, similarly to how I held onto it during the 2013 WCF, but with less denial and more belief.
In 2013, there wasn't a player who could show up and change the fate of the Memphis Grizzlies.
For these 2015 Western Conference Semi-Finals, there is.
Mike Conley looking happier and healthier after a team practice in San Francisco. pic.twitter.com/q0Z0UzyEXM— CAGrizPhoto (@CAGrizPhoto) May 5, 2015