Remember the Alamo -- Playoff Pondering: April 29, 2011

Game 6 was San Antonio's last stand, which ended
with them looking on as the Grizzlies whooped it up
(image by the AP)

 MEM over SAS, 99-91 (MEM wins 4-2)

Remember this day, for it is the day the San Antonio Spurs made their last stand. 

Remember those Spurs. Remember those guys who won in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007. Remember how they played the game the “boring but effective” way. Remember Tim Duncan’s fundamental superiority. Remember their 61 wins this season. Remember all of those. That’s how good it’s going to get for the Spurs. It’ll never be that good again. At least not in the near future.

We are in the twilight of TD's career
(image by the AP)
Remember the Spurs of old.

Because the Spurs who just lost to the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the 2011 Playoffs? They’re just old.

Okay not all of them. Perhaps just Duncan. But San Antonio is Tim Duncan.

Zebo was too much for Duncan
(image by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
And if anything, this series revealed a changing of the guard. Duncan gives way to Zebo – the Grizzlies’ erstwhile underrated and unwanted big man, Zach Randolph.

He scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to ascertain the first playoff series win in franchise history.


The Grizzlies have made history many times already, all at the expense of these beleaguered Spurs. They have another opportunity.

Mike Conley's smirk is well-deserved
(image by the AP)

But it’ll be against the Oklahoma City Thunder – a team that is as different from the Spurs as black is from white.

For now, though, Memphis can celebrate what, by any indication, is their best season ever. A season that's not yet over.

What's over? The Spurs. The era of the San Antonio Spurs is over.

Tony Allen got it right against the Spurs.
Now for Kevin Durant.
(image by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
How good is Zach Randolph? See for yourself:

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Congrats to the Grizz, but it's sad to see the end of an era in San Antonio.

The Grizzlies' 12 straight losses before winning a playoff game is the longest streak since expansion began in 1949-1950.


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