The Memphis Grizzlies are perhaps not the frail, invalid basketball team that they were perceived to be. Behind a monstrously heroic performance by Mike Conley, the Grizzlies tightened up several areas that were lacking in cohesion from Game 1 and took home court advantage from the #1 seed who had previously only lost two games inside their home arena this season.
This game was the epitome of the Memphis Grizzlies. It had ferocious defense lead by a mic'd up Tony Allen who was cawing out "First Team All-Defense" all night. It had a fairly deliberate offense that shot confidently behind the inspiring performance from Mike Conley, a gladiator who endured several instances tonight that would have made most people keel over and vomit.
The Splash Brothers were all but nullified, shooting a combined 13/34. Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut brought some pretty intense physicality, some of which was not appreciated by certain Grizzlies fans, but the front court of Memphis stood firm and at least drew a stalemate in the paint. The surprising story of Game 2 is how the Grizzlies won it on the perimeter.
The Grizzlies showed they've got the mettle to make this a series. Both teams now have three days to stew and recuperate, but this respite is incredibly valuable to Mike Conley and the Grizzlies. If Conley can perform like this at half mast, Memphis could get a really nice lift when there's a stiffer breeze on Saturday.
We'll have more breaking down this magnificent, tide-turning game, but for now ... it's Mike Conley WIN-DANCE!!