Originally Posted by Northern Neighbour
The way the team performed against Detroit - one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA and the highest-scoring half-court team in the league - bolds well for the club. The team also did well against Minnesota's bigs, especially in the 2nd half.
What concerns me more is to see if the Raps can win a grind-it-out, physical game.
Detroit was on a second night of back to back, so that helped. Not taking credit from our guys, but it was obvious the Pistons did not have enough energy for the game last night.
Memphis is physical, they have size, play good D, play as a team and have solid players on all positions. I'm just worried that our bigs will have so much trouble with Z-Bo and Gasol while their back court has enough power to cancel our backcourt. Tony Allen will make DD work for every basket, Prince can match Terence, Conley can match Kyle.
The one advantage we have is the outside shooting and so much will depend on it. We need to have a good shooting night, our backcourt has to really outplay their and our bigs at least need to make their work really hard.
If we win this, it will be the biggest win of the season IMO. Memphis is playing better and better and are such a well built team that nobody in the west wants to see them in play-offs in the first round.