The San Antonio Spurs won the franchise’s fifth Western Conference championship Monday night by sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2013 Western Conference Finals. As a result of this victory, they have earned the right to play in the NBA Finals for the League’s 2013 championship.
Although, the Grizzlies did compete in this series, with two games being decided in overtime, they were unable to breakdown the Spurs at either end of the court. The Spurs were consistently in control of this series and fended off every challenge from the Grizzlies. Here are four observations explaining how they did it.
Controlled the paint
Tim Duncan was able to assert himself on both ends of the floor. Offensively, he could get any shot he wanted and made timely baskets that were crucial to the Spurs winning games two and three. Additionally, his passing ability often broke down the Grizzlies interior defense and led to easy points for the Spurs. On defense, his shot blocking consistently disrupted the Grizzlies offense and his post play never allowed center Marc Gasol and power forward Zach Randolph to impact the series in a meaningful way.