Grizz Go For 4 In A Row Again One At A Time

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins has told his players to ignore the nonsense that says no team has ever come back from the 3-0 hole they have dug against the so-far unflappable San Antonio Spurs.

“My hope is for us to not listen to you guys [the media] and say that it’s never been done before and it’s just a matter of time before the series is over, and to reach down in their souls and dig for something they didn’t know they had,” Hollins said. “Because that’s what you have to do to win a championship.”

The Grizzlies took the practice floor on Sunday for possibly the final time in this historic season that has seen a franchise-record 56 wins and a first-ever trip to the West finals. It is possible that Hollins could be coaching in his final game with the Grizzlies. His contract expires next month.

But that is a subject for a different day. The Grizzlies were doing their best to keep spirits up and talking about pride on and how to extend their season one game at a time.

“We have a lot of pride in this team and this city,” point guard Mike Conley said. “It’s more than just basketball here. And we owe it to ourselves, owe it to the fans to not get swept and embarrassed on our home court.”

The Grizz have lost three in a row for the first time since back in January. In each round of the postseason they’ve had to come from behind. They trailed the Los Angeles Clippers 2-0 and Oklahoma City 1-0. Both times they came back to win four in a row. It’s now the only option left after dropping consecutive overtime decisions.

“We have to understand that we still could have won those games and it easily could have been 2-1 in our favor,” Conley said. “We should be confident enough in ourselves and believe in ourselves that we can win and extend the series.”

But bouncing back from Saturday’s loss, the Grizzlies’ first of the postseason at The Grindhouse, won’t be easy. They played a near-flawless first quarter and opened an 18-point lead. It was whittled down to four by halftime and in OT the Spurs cruised to the victory.

A desperation win Monday night would shift the series back to San Antonio for Game 5 on Wednesday and then a potential Game 6 in Memphis on Friday.

“Now you have no margin of error,” Marc Gasol said. “We have a lot of pride and we don’t quit. You get swept, you get swept, but you’ve got to play as hard as you can. We play hard. You look at at both games, they both went to overtime. They played better than us in both overtimes, but we fought back and we came out the way we’re supposed to and we had a lot of pride.”

25 Comments

  1. TheHumanTorch says:

    the grizzlies were a wreck in the wcf. Yeah, defense wins championships, but you cant win if you dont score.Id trade conley and randolph for steph curry in a hot second.

  2. sanjay says:

    sorry folks, the grizzlies are done here. They have no depth to trouble spurs! okc would have been a better match but that was robbed due to west brooks injury! It is hard to see griz, even get one on their home court!
    spurs will have a very long rest before finals!

  3. edward says:

    the TRUTH hurts. SWEEEEEEEP! called it from the begining

  4. Big Al says:

    I don’t see how a team that squandered an 18-point lead to lose Game 3 come back from 0-3. Maybe if Tony Parker gets sidelined a la Westbrook, but not with the way they’re throwing away games. I don’t want the Spurs either, but they earned all their wins and won’t fall apart just like that. It looks like the Heat will have to melt them down then.

  5. Jake says:

    The nba is rigged last year should have been thunders championship but David stern made the refs give all the good calls on the heat and he is going to do it for this championship too. Thank god David stern is leaving because ever since he has came almost all the championship series looked like they were also. Hopefully the spurs win even though I love OKC. P.S Mephis is in the conference finals because Westbrook is injured.

  6. J says:

    SWEEEEEEEEEEEEP!!!!!!!!!

  7. KATE says:

    Spurs will face the Heat for the title. Grizzlies don’t have a chance against the Spurs.

  8. Willy says:

    I agree with the bad officiating comment. I am a Spurs fan and they got a few very iffy calls. Regardless, great teams find ways to win. Look at the Heat last year, they almost blew it two times in two series, could have gone either way. Great players, great teams make great plays and win!

  9. KeCe says:

    The Grizzlies have fought so hard every game. There is no way they will be coming back from 0-3 against the Spurs. They are just to deep and fresh going deeper into these playoffs, 4th quathers and OT’s. The Grizzlies fire will be smaller and smaller everytime they have to come back from behind.

    Besides that the Spurs are just so good these playoffs. To me, they are the favorites to win it all

  10. John Asada says:

    Hollins will not be fire, its just end of contract… they can renew it rather having star power to the team… its the coach matter to this team.. i still believe we can do it in the finals… i feel sad that we lost last game (0-3) i see lot jump shot from Gasol that way to far (with poor percentage) and Z-Bo cant find his rhythm and out-muscled by Bonner and SPlitter underneath. Conley, a great guy, evolved PG, great decision and shooting. JB and Pondi are the shooters, offensive. Tony A. great job also… For the rest… i believe that we can still face the Finals.. defend the Grindhouse… GoGrizz

  11. drew says:

    This is where Memphis screwed up on trading Rudy. They don’t have a go- to guy willing to take those shots. Every team needs one star perimeter player. Jared Bayless and Mike Conley are simply not up to Par.

  12. CRYsis says:

    I think the 3-0 lead is hard to get but still possible. I will believe in them in the end and even if Spurs wins, I congratulate them for getting this far. They made the 3rd game as close as they can get before regulation but looks like they lost spirit at OT.

  13. Xander81 says:

    It’s alright Grizzlies fans We Believe!!!…We Believe!!!…you’re going fishing by the end of the week. Go Spurs!!!

  14. not a kobe fan either says:

    no can do. i think it’s time for memphis to pack their bags and prepare their fishing rods, yea?

  15. Kevin says:

    I’ve just watched my last NBA Game!!!! It’s Sunday night I live in Lafayette, LA. So, I have no dog in the Miami, Indiana game. But it’s disgusting how pathetic the so call officiating of this game was!!!! It’s bad enough you guys have one rule for the “Stars” like Dwayne Wade but it’s so obvious the officiating is so slanted the games don’t matter anymore. I’m done with this farce of a sport!!!

    • Kei says:

      goodbye.

    • HeatfansinceWade says:

      Hey Loser the Heat took 14 less free throw attempts than the Pacers! Actually the Heat have picked up more fouls in 3 straight games! Good riddance we dont want fans like you anyways! Get lost.

  16. Jumppong says:

    I love Grizzlies they are a simple team. they let go of Gay and Mayo and here they are still at the playoffs. hope they beat spurs but i think its not going to happen.

  17. Kimmy says:

    Grizzlies winning 4 in a row? Not. gonna. happen. They are only in this series because Russell Westbrook got injured. Go OKC!!!!

    • Alex says:

      Grizzlies beat the Thunder 2-1 in the season series and took them to 7 games in 2011 with Durant, Harden, and Westbrook. Shut up with that nonsense.

    • Kamote says:

      Harden wasn’t there either. Even if Westbrook was there, Memphis would still win the series.

  18. Trevor says:

    I like what I saw

  19. jonski22 says:

    Why would the Grizz fire Hollins? He is a good coach, even with a major change in the line up i.e Gay for Prince trade..he able to make adjustment…i think this one is on the players..”lacking” playoff experience…eventually they stick together…but it’s hard to maintain ab NBA team…financial status..players getting old i.e Zach Randolph and Prince…players getting good and lured by big market team…

  20. yeaaaah says:

    If the Grizz fire Hollins after what he’s done with this team, I will be amazed. It’ll be hard but there’s always a chance to make history