MEMPHIS (Sporting Alert) — The San Antonio Spurs, sitting very well in their playoff series, will look to close out the contest with a win in Game 4 of their Western Conference finals against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.
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After winning both games at home, San Antonio picked up an impressive 104-93 overtime victory over the Grizzlies at FedExForum on Saturday to take a 3-0 lead in the seven game series and the four time champions are now determined to finish off the contest.
“We want to finish as soon as we can for a lot of different reasons,” said Spurs All-Star point guard Tony Parker. “I think that we should give them no hope, and it’s always sweet to win on the road.
“I’m pretty sure the whole team understands that we have to keep taking nothing for granted and keep playing our game and try to finish tomorrow.”
Memphis are no strangers to comebacks, having been forced to do so against the Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the previous series.
But there is something to take note of.
This matchup could be a little too steep for the Randolph and Marc Gasol led Grizzlies.
“We ain’t been down like this, 0-3, so it’s a different mindset,” Zach Randolph said.
“It’s now do or die. We’ve got to come out and come out like we came out last game and just sustain it and not break down towards the end of the game.”
Spurs are clearly in the driver’s seat, but veteran power forward Tim Duncan isn’t taking anything for granted.
“We know they’re not going to lay down,” said Duncan, who finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds and went over 50-percent in shooting in the Game 3 win.
“We’re going to have to beat them. We understand what we have going here, and we understand that we want to finish is as quickly as we can.”
Memphis won four straight in the first round against the Clippers and the Thunders and will need to do exactly the same if they are to progress to the NBA final.
But history is against them and Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins knows this.
Still, he remains hopeful.
“My hope though is for us to not listen to you guys and say that it’s never been done before,” Hollins said.
“That it’s just a matter of time before the series is over and to reach down in their soul and dig for something that they didn’t know they had because that’s what you have to do to win a championship,” he added.