I must confess, there wasn't a single part of me that predicted the Spurs winning in a sweep (although my spleen came close). In order for the Grizzlies to go down that badly, a lot had to go wrong.
Zach Randolph led the way to the fishing docks. Over the series, he averaged 11 points per game on 13 shot attempts. As if that wasn't bad enough, he never reached 40% in a single game this series. About the only thing he had going for him was that he didn't do this again:
Yeah, I just needed an excuse to revisit that video. Truth be told, he did do at least one good thing in this series, grabbing 12 rebounds a game. Even more impressive, was his 6 offensive rebound per game average, but don't get too excited about those numbers because he probably missed over half of those putbacks.
The rest of the Grizzlies frontcourt didn't exactly pick up the slack. Tay also had less points than field goal attempts per game, but nobody really expects him to bring much offense. Marc Gasol, on the other hand, is expected to average more points than attempts, which he didn't. Nor did Mike Conley, or Jerryd Bayless... In fact, it's fairly hard to find a single player on the Grizzlies who actually had more points than shot attempts.
That, and the subsequent fact that the Grizzlies only shot above 40% once in this series, go a long way toward explaining why they got swept. Yet, there is a fact that should be far more disturbing for Memphis fans, that I think really puts things in perspective.
Quincy Pondexter was their leading scorer in this series.
Need I say more? Checkmate, Gregg Popovich. Checkmate.