You probably like the Grizzlies!
Well, why else would you be reading this article?
This is on a specific Memphis Grizzlies blog, a blog about one of the smallest, if not THE smallest, markets in the entire NBA.
I hate to break it you, but most people aren’t Grizzlies fans.
Take a breath if you need to. I’ll wait.
Okay, I’m glad you made it to the other side. I know that’s hard to understand. Not only are some people not Grizzlies fans, some aren’t even NBA fans. That’s impossible to fathom considering the NBA is not only the best sports league in the world; it’s the best combination of any talent competing in their field possible. Try to argue with me on this. You’ll be wrong.
I have a friend, Ben, who is an extremely passive NBA fan. He knows that LeBron James and Stephen Curry are good. But he’s not on the Reddit NBA page or listening to the Lowe Post, let alone following what the Memphis Grizzlies are doing.
But he knows the playoffs are going on. And since he’s friends with me, he knows that the Grizzlies are in it. But that’s about it. He asks a lot about what teams are leading, what they need in order to move on, and how well they’re doing. He wants to learn, and finds the NBA interesting. I truly appreciate his desire to learn more, but he still doesn’t know as much as the truly passionate NBA fan.
So, naturally, I decided to ask him about the Grizzlies-Spurs playoff series. This series has been unpredictable if you watched these teams throughout the regular season, so honestly, why not ask someone who doesn’t know. They can’t possibly be that far off from what we know. Mike Conley, a virtual unknown around the world for non-NBA fans, has been fantastic, and so has Kawhi Leonard, who is one of the league’s best players, but not one of their biggest superstars, if only for his relative silence as an NBA player, not for his lack of talent.
Without further ado, here’s Ben on the Memphis-San Antonio Series, who will win Game 6, and who on the Spurs looks like they’ve killed a guy (take a wild guess who).
Ross Jarrar: “Okay Ben, who do you think is going to win the the Grizzlies vs Spurs playoff series?
Ben: “The Spurs? Sure, yeah! The Grizzlies are winning. Who isn't rooting for them?”
RJ: “Well, the question was who was going to win, not who you're rooting f-”
B: “Oh yeah definitely the Spurs. The Grizzlies don’t have a chance, right?”
RJ: “Um, well you're not wrong. But they technically just need to win 2 games in a row to move on. Have you watched the Spurs play this season?”
B: “Maybe three times.”
RJ: “What makes you think they're going to win?”
B: “Sheer popularity. Literally, I’ve heard Gasol and Popovich, that's his name right? I don't know how they're going to win but it's out of 7. So isn't the best team going to win?”
RJ: “Who do you think is gonna win Game 6 though?”
B: “Is anybody injured?”
RJ: “Yes. The Grizzlies’ starting SG and SF, but they've been out the whole series.”
B: “You’re not going to like the answer. I respect that you’re loyal to your sh***y team. But the Spurs are going to win. They’re just better, I’m sorry. But good on you. I’m rooting for them.”
RJ: “The home team has won every game thus far.”
B: “Yeah but also I still trust the Spurs. It’s just science. Next question?”
RJ: “Fair enough. Mike Conley has had a great series thus far. What’s one thing you know about Conley?”
B: “His name? I don’t know; I really only know the players in pop culture, you know? So really I don't know anything.”
RJ: “Well what do you know about the Spurs?”
B: “Nothing except that their owner looks like he's killed a person.”
RJ: “I don’t even know what their owner looks like. He’s killed a person?”
B: “No, wait, not the owner - their coach (Gregg Popovich). He looks like he’s definitely killed a person.”
RJ: “Who’s to argue against that? Well the Spurs’ coach has killed a guy and the Grizzlies coach has the whole ‘Take that for data’ rant. Who do you want more as a coach?”
B: “What’s take that for data?”
*Plays David Fizdale’s rant on YouTube for him*
RJ: “Okay so who do you want?”
B: “Are you comparing a coach killing a guy to someone being mad at refs?”
RJ: “Well, yes. Because he didn't actually kill someone...it's more of a leadership question.”
B: “Oh well, yeah your guy (Fizdale) is better. From a leadership perspective.”
RJ: “Kawhi Leonard has been an absolute superstar in this series and also one of the MVP candidates. Is he your MVP? If not then who?”
B: “Nah. From what I’ve seen, Westbrook. Most Valuable Player means most valuable to their team right? Steph Curry is good, but the Warriors could last without him. LeBron James is great, but the Cavaliers could last without him. The Thunder couldn’t last without Westbrook I feel like.”
RJ: “You’re not that far off from a great argument for him, to be honest. Most people voting for him feel that way too. But anyways, let’s bring it back to Grizzlies/Spurs. What’s your final score prediction for Game 6 on Thursday?”
B: “Uh, it’s 3-3?”
RJ: “3-2. The Spurs are leading.”
B: “The Spurs are leading?”
RJ: “Yes, now you’re just stalling.”
B: “Okay. Spurs 106 Grizzlies 94. They’re just better.”
RJ: “So Spurs in 6?”
B: “Spurs in 6, sure.”
RJ: “Thank you for being the wet blanket on my parade. Switching gears, what’s been your favorite moment these playoffs?”
B: “When my friend Ross asked me about the playoffs.”
RJ: “Thank you for being an avid fan of the NBA, as always.”
Thank you to my friend Ben, who agreed to be poked and prodded and teased a bit about the least nationally interesting playoff game in a sport he doesn’t even care for all that much. He is a good sport about this, even if he picked the Spurs to win.