Spurs Vs. Grizzlies: Zach Randolph Provides Microcosm Of Memphis' Rise

The Memphis Grizzlies beat the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday to take a 2-1 series lead because Zach Randolph decided to make a three-pointer. It made no sense, and we've covered how it made no sense extensively. 

But in a way, it's also fitting. We've talked before about how this Grizzlies team was assembled and how it makes absolutely no sense. Somehow, though, it all worked out, and I've yet to figure out how and why. Could it be that Chris Wallace and Michael Heisley actually know what they're doing? Maybe, but I'm not ready to fully accept that yet, not after they drafted Hasheem Thabeet No. 2 overall, gave Mike Conley $40 million when nobody was lining up to do that, gave Rudy Gay a max contract only to find out they play better without him and handed Randolph $71 million right before a lockout.

Individually, none of that makes sense. Collectively - well, they found a way, right? Just like Randolph's shot was a poor decision that worked out, so to has Memphis' rise coincided with poor decisions that have worked out. Hell, they even tanked the final two games of the season just to play the battle-tested Spurs! And it's working! Up 2-1, with home-court advantage and against a Spurs team that is expending so much energy just to keep up, Memphis is in great position to win the series. Talk about the ends justifying the means.

Honorable mention: Suddenly the Nuggets need Carmelo Anthony again ... the Hibachi starts cooking, then is ignored ... the Pacers nearly blow it again ... Dallas is doomed to infinity years of choking. 

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.