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Spurs quietly sweep Grizzlies

The San Antonio Spurs put up quite the historical season, posting a record of 67-15, becoming just the 11th team in NBA history to win at least 67 games. However, the Spurs, despite their historical campaign, were overshadowed by the Golden State Warriors, who set the NBA record with 73 wins.

For San Antonio, that’s perfectly fine with them as they continue to be the model NBA franchise.

Nobody gave the Memphis Grizzlies a chance in this series due to the depletion of their roster and San Antonio took full advantage, completing the four-game sweep in the first-round, best-of-seven matchup of the NBA playoffs. The Spurs are on a mission and the Grizzlies were the casualty this time. The Spurs won each game by an average of 22 points, with the lone time they won by less than 20 points was Game 3 when they won 96-87. San Antonio outscored Memphis 402-324 in the series and really did a fantastic job defensively.

The Spurs were led by budding superstar Kawhi Leonard, who averaged 21.5 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game, three blocks per game and 2.8 steals per game, while shooting 52% from the floor and 61.1% from three-point range. He isn’t mentioned in the same capacity someone like Steph Curry or LeBron James are, but he definitely should be.

LaMarcus Aldridge, making his Spurs playoff debut, averaged 14.5 points and 8 rebounds per game in the sweep of Memphis. He left Portland in the offseason to join the Sours and so far in the playoffs, so good. Patty Mills averaged 10.5 points per game, shooting 44.8% from the field and 43.5% from beyond the arc.

The big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined to average 22.6 points per game in the series. Those three could have not played and it wouldn’t have made a difference. The good thing about this series for those three is they got to rest more and now can rest a little longer awaiting the winner of the Thunder and Mavericks.

All season long, the talk of the NBA town has been the Warriors and rightfully so. On the flipside of that, the Spurs went about their business, going 40-1 at home, tying an NBA record and nobody was as invested. The Spurs aren’t about setting records, especially with Gregg Popovich often times resting his star players to preserve them for the bigger picture. This is a smart strategy for the Spurs, who are getting up there in age. They don’t care about being the flashiest team or setting records as they understand that there is one bigger goal to accomplish and that is winning an NBA championship.

Throughout the regular season, nobody really gave San Antonio a chance against Golden State, due in large part to the Warriors ability to scorch the nets. The Spurs have been described as old and boring, yet here they are again in the Western Conference semifinals, looking to get back to competing for the NBA title.

The Spurs are practically going under the radar, which seems a bit hard for a 67-win team, but they don’t mind. They will continue to go out and play San Antonio Spurs basketball and get the job done. They might be aging, but that isn’t slowing them down at all.

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