It had to feel like throwback night for Memphis Grizzlies fans, even if only for just one night.
Their beloved Grizzlies attacked the San Antonio Spurs from the start, with Grit and Grind mainstays Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol doing their physical best to beat the Spurs into submission.
“Z-Bo” chants rained down on Randolph before halftime. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich yanked his starters 52 seconds into the third quarter, the result of a quick start for home team in a game that always serves as a must-win when you’re facing a 2-0 deficit in a playoff series.
But the Grizzlies dug into the vault to make sure their future included at least one more trip to San Antonio, riding their old horses and point guard Mike Conley, to an emotional 105-94 Game 3 win.
Take that for data, as Grizzlies coach David Fizdale said after his team’s loss in Game 2.
In this era of space and pace pretty ball, the Grizzlies turned the clock back to the bruising brand that has sustained them for years. Randolph and Gasol inside, the new wrinkle of Gasol outside and the lightning fast Conley as the unquestioned head of this snake.