2006 Clippers= 2011 Grizzlies
I'm not trying to toot my horn here because I love what Memphis did this year and was actually hoping to see them advance to the WCF. They may be the most balanced team in the game. I just noticed a lot of people acting like this is the first time an underdog, bottom seed went so far.
There is a team most seem to forget that did something similar a few years back. The 2006 Clippers who finished with the 6th seed (half a game ahead of 7th, Memphis was 8th this year) had an almost identical situation. Matched up with 3 seed Denver the Clippers crushed the Nuggets 4-1 (just like Memphis did to San Antonio). In round 2 the Clippers had control of the series vs the Suns and like Memphis lost in 7 games (nearly making the WCF as an underdog/low seed). Sam Cassell had the ball with a tie game, under 30 seconds remaining and turned the ball over at the end of game 6. Steve Nash went down and hit the game winning shot on the other end to tie the series 3-3. Phoenix blows out the Clippers in Phoenix in a game 7 (OKC blew out Memphis on their homecourt).
The similarities don't end there. Much like this Memphis team the Clippers were the best team in the league that year scoring inside the paint. Also a great defensive (6th overall) and rebounding (3rd overall) unit like Memphis with great balance, size and depth. Elton Brand at his peak at the time was basically identical to what Zach Randolph is now.. but with better defense. Just something interesting I was thinking about when I thought about why the Memphis team seems so familiar. If you have time to look through both rosters you'll notice a lot of players that are similar in the way they play/kill you. Quinton Ross was our defensive perimeter specialist like Tony Allen.. Kaman back then played a lot like current Marc Gasol. Tons of post moves, uses both hands equally, very solid defense and rebounding. Great back to basket game.
Last edited by Clippersfan86 : 05-16-2011 at 08:17 PM.