The plague has struck nationwide. NBA fans are often victims of this prolonged illness. A rollercoaster of emotions, from feelings of pride and victory to feelings of despair and defeat. The 2017 NBA Playoffs have arrived.
Taking a look at the past couple of weeks, both the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies have heightened this infectious disease throughout their fan base. Closing Game 4 on April 22, fans were left biting their nails as they watched the Memphis Grizzles secure another win under their belt, tying the series 2 – 2. Prior to this win, the Memphis Grizzlies trailed the San Antonio Spurs as they began the series 0 – 2. Finishing Game 1 with a score of 111 points, the Spurs started the series off stronger than ever. Opening the playoffs at home, Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs to victory with 32 points, followed by Tony Parker with 18 points. Concluding Game 2, the Spurs captured another victory against Memphis with a final score of 96-82; closer than the last. However, Game 3 took a turn for the Spurs. As Memphis won 105 – 94, Spurs fans nationwide were overcome with feelings of trouble and doubt. Further leading the Spurs to yet another defeat by the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 4.
Stakes are high. With the series tied 2 – 2, both teams will return to San Antonio to play Game 5 on April 24 @ 8:00 PM. Entering this week the Spurs have adopted the motto, “Tonight, we bounce back” in hopes of returning to the court confidently as they face the Memphis Grizzlies. As a note to all fans: plan accordingly. Tissues ready in times of need, and poppers ready in times of victory.