Zach Randolph had a choice word or two for himself on the way to the Grizzlies locker room following Wednesday nights series-clinching win at Oklahoma City.
The Memphis forward missed two crucial free throws that would have iced the game. He was able to say it with a smile because Memphis won, but mistakes like that may not go over as well against the San Antonio Spurs, as the teams meet in the Western Conference finals.
The Spurs finished off Golden State on Thursday to set up the showdown, which marks the first time the Grizzlies will be playing for a spot in the NBA Finals. Game 1 is scheduled for Sunday at San Antonio. The series shifts to Memphis for the third and fourth games next weekend.
The two teams split four regular-season games, both winning two at home. The second-seeded Spurs have that advantage, one extra game at home if it goes the distance. Three of the games this season came before Rudy Gay was traded away from Memphis, which won the only one without Gay. The Spur...