Who are the Memphis Grizzlies rivals?

Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs’ Rivalry

Memphis Grizzlies Rivalries (PART 1)
Who doesn’t love a good rivalry?
A sport rivalry is intense competition between athletic teams or athletes, affecting participants, management and supporters all to varying degrees. The intensity of the rivalry can range anywhere from a light hearted banter to serious violence. When rivalries get out of hand, they lead to fighting, hooliganism, rioting and in some instances with career-ending and fatal consequences. The rivalry is an integral part of fan identity, so owners tend to encourage rivalries as it also improves game
attendance and television ratings.
Sports rivalries are shaped by a sense of place and identity as well as by psychology, sociology and politics. Some of the greatest rivalries:
Green Bay Packers versus Chicago Bears
Los Angeles Lakers versus Bolton Celtics
Joe Frazier versus Mohammed Ali
Chris Evert versus Martina Navratilova and so on.
For the Grizzlies, obligatory enemies and feuds had to be created to stay relevant. The top three rivals of the Grizzlies are:
Oklahoma City Thunder
Los Angeles Clippers
San Antonio Spurs
The main focus today is on the rivalry between Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs.

Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs’ Rivalry
The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio. The team plays in the NBA as a member of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. Spurs play its home games at the AT&T Center in San Antonio
The rivalry between San Antonio Spurs and the Grizzlies goes way back to 2004, the playing days in The Pyramid; when Spurs swept the Grizzlies away in seven rounds. Yes, the FedExForum was a necessary upgrade for the Grizzlies but the atmosphere at the Pyramid was absolutely fantanstic.
In 2004, third-seeded Spurs swept the sixth-seeded Grizzlies in a series dominated by familiar foes. Tim Duncan of San Antonio Spurs led the way with averages of 24 points and 10 rebounds on 58 percent shooting and Tony Parker averaged 21 points and 8 assists.
7 years later, the Grizzlies returned to the playoffs a confident eighth-seed. Though Spurs was the best in the West, they were dealing with Manu Ginobili’s elbow injury, sustained on the last night of the season as they made a push at the league’s best record. The Grizzlies would not miss this chance, as they took full advantage wining three of the first four games on its way to taking the series at home in a closeout Game 6,
The team collided again in 2013, in the Western Conference Finals and it was obvious San Antonio was looking to right the wrongs that derailed a title chance just two years prior. The Grizzlies, coming off a five-game series win over Oklahoma City, and had some believing they were the favorites going into the series against Spurs. Sadly, after blowout losses in Games 1 and 2 and a close loss at home in Game 3, it was clear who the superior team was. The Spurs completed the sweep in Game 4. Tony Parker emptied the chamber for 3 points and six assists on 71 percent shooting.
In 2016, the two teams met again in the NBA Finals. The Grizzlies were swept again due to a lot of injuries they had during the season. The following year, Grizzlies lost to the Spurs in six games.

This rivalry, though heated, still has a sense of respect to it among Memphians, unlike their rivalry with the other two teams.

Post a Comment