Tornadoes raged through Memphis in the morning and at night. Inside The Grindhouse which is also sometimes called FedExForum, a furry blue tornado raged through the San Antonio Spurs playoff hopes.
This is the master list for Monday’s “Beale Street Beatdown”. You want a more traditional recap, go here. As always these are real things that happened in a real game…
Top Five Basketball Moments
5) “You have to be the man Mike”
The final score kind of covers this fact up, but the Grizzlies looked like crap for the first half of this game. They trailed at the end of the first two quarters, were outscored in the paint, had a shooting % of lower than 40 for most of the half, and were losing the battles for rebounds and fast break points.
The Grizzlies were playing in quicksand on offense, and the Spurs couldn’t miss. It was amazing the Grizz were able to stay in the game.
Part of the reason why was Lionel Hollins. With 5:27 left in the second quarter and the Spurs lining up for free throws, Hollins grabbed Mike Conley by the shoulders and told him “you have to be the man Mike.”
After that the Grizzlies started to wake up and set up the monster second half.
4) O.J. Mayo buys dinner for laws of physics, says “I’ll call you”
O.J. Mayo must have overheard the talk to Conley, because HE was the man in the stretch surrounding it.
Mayo missed a free throw due to an air horn, but Gasol grabbed the rebound and kicked the ball out to Mayo – who hit a three. Two-point play becomes four. On the next possession, Mayo decided that matter, anti-matter, the fabric of the universe and generally accepted restrictions of human movement were irrelevant and slammed home a reverse jam that Grizz fans will be seeing for a long time.
3) Shane Battier sends Spurs to the bench with corner three
5:43 left in the game, the Grizz were rolling, and Battier nailed a corner three (as he is one to do) to extend the lead to 20. Popovich gave up at that point, called a timeout and sent his starters to the bench.
2) Darrell Arthur inspires a new Eminem hit, “Forgot about DA”
Nowadays everyone wants to talk like they got something to say. Like that the Grizzlies still couldn’t beat the Spurs despite being up 2-1. Those people obviously forgot about DA.
Arthur, who has been sneaky good all year, especially when Vasquez is in the game, had the minutes of his life in this one. With 1:24 left in the third, he pressured the Spurs into a turnover of their inbounds pass. Then he made a 20-foot jumper. Then he made another 20-foot jumper. Then he put on wings to send home an alley-oop from Mayo. He finished with 14 points.
1) The whole third quarter
Yeah this was when the game went from “Oh crap, here we go again” to “Whoa, are the Grizzlies going to run the Spurs out of this arena?”
“Believe Memphis” kept becoming more appropriate as the Grizzlies outscored the Spurs 30-15 in the quarter.
It started early as the Grizzlies were able to get into the bonus within 5 minutes. The Grizz capitalized on the free throws but also clamped down on defense, not allowing the Spurs to score until 7:22 remained in the quarter.
During this initial 14-0 run, Popovich called two separate timeouts to try and swell the tide. The second one finally did, resulting in a Ginobli layup, but the damage had already been done.
Top Five “You had to be there” Moments
5) Spirit of Memphis nails National Anthem
Nailed it. Nailed it. Nailed it. A soulful, a cappella rendition by the perfectly named group was a fantastic start to the night.
4) “The Grindhouse” originator passes out yellow cards for Ginobli
He was on the radio Saturday talking about how he invented the Grindhouse moniker, but Ryan Hamlin, aka @Hamlin38103, wasn’t content with that being his only contribution to the Grizzlies universe. After tweeting all day about how to make large yellow cards, Hamlin decided to pass them out to fans sitting behind the goals, with the intent of holding them up for every Ginobli flop.
The cards didn’t seem to catch on, but it was funny watching Hamlin pass them around before tip-off.
3) Grizzline joins in with “All I Do is Win” before fourth quarter and it doesn’t seem out of place at all
Yes, the Grizzlies played the song normally reserved for end of the game a quarter early, but after that third quarter performance it didn’t seem like it would have been a jinx. By anyone. The crowd did the bump and grind right with Grizz line.
2) Tim Duncan picks up second foul, crowd erupts
Ginobli still got plenty of hate, but nothing like the boos he received in game three. The biggest hostile moment though had to be Tim Duncan’s second foul pickup in the third quarter.
Duncan predictably made the face he always makes, eyes wide open, hands out in front like “what did I do?” and the crowd ate it up. If anything Duncan made The Grindhouse louder by protesting the call.
1) The entire fourth quarter
It became clear pretty early in this period that the Spurs were done, and then it was party party for the Memphis fans. For the first part of the game, the crowd didn’t seem to know how to get crazy for two games in a row. By the fourth quarter, they were screaming for every basket as the Grizzlies continued to pull away.
Top Five Quotes
5) Shane Battier on being up 3-1
“We held home court, and these guys can expect the toughest game of their life come Wednesday.”
4) Mike Conley on the start of the fourth quarter
“I think everybody smelled blood. We realized, a couple more punches and we got ’em.”
3) Coach Hollins on who was the better team
“They’re the better team. They won 61 games, and we won 46 games. Their record all year long said they were the better team. As I’ve always said, it doesn’t matter who is the better team during the regular season. When you get to the playoffs, each series you have to be the better team.”
2) Darrell Arthur on winning both early home games
“We’ve been playing well at home all season. I think we can beat anybody. I can’t remember the last time we lost several games in a row.”
1) Marc Gasol on whether the Spurs were prepared for Darrell Arthur
“They stuck to their game plan tonight, but I promise you they’re going to change it to look for him next time.”
Top Five Tweets
Are those tornado sirens going off or are they just trying to hype up the city for tonights game?
It’s ALMOST like Matt Bonner can’t guard Zach Randolph. ODD. MORE RESEARCH NEEDED.
Ginobili definitely has a career in acting after the NBA. I have the photos to prove it.
I knew I should have bought that Groupon for that guided fishing trip yesterday.
Top Five Photos
For more Grizz playoff coverage, check out the Top Five Everything of Game Three, our Game Three recap, our take on the last Grizz watch party (you know, because another one is coming up Wednesday), and for some nostalgia, our Top 6 Beards of the Playoff Run.
Amazing photos by Chase Gustafson.