San Antonio dominated Memphis in every way possible Sunday in a 105-83 rout to open the Western Conference finals. Here are three thoughts from the unexpected beatdown:
1. Bench again becomes a factor. Advantage, Spurs.
Nobody mentioned Matt Bonner as the difference maker in this series. Bonner apparently didnt appreciate that. The backup center hit four of San Antonios 14 3-pointers, tying the most Memphis has given up this season and a franchise-playoff record for the Spurs.
Bench play was a huge topic during the Grizzlies' opening playoff series against the Clippers, and that storyline has re-emerged in the Western Conference finals. Quincy Pondexter provided a spark off the bench for the Grizzlies with eight straight points in the third quarter to cut what was a 20-point lead to six, But that rally was short-lived.
Memphis starters Tayshaun Prince, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen combined to score 16 points. Bonner nearly outscored them from the bench, and San Antonio starter Danny...