Grizzlies rest, prepare for 1st conference finals
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Grizzlies are enjoying a day off after clinching the franchise's first berth in the Western Conference finals. Good thing too since they can use a little rest after all that hard work.
Memphis eliminated the defending Western champs in five games, beating Oklahoma City 88-84 on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies now wait to see if they play San Antonio or Golden State next.
Coach Lionel Hollins said Thursday it's always great to get a day away from the stress of the playoffs.
The Grizzlies faced a tall task, first shutting down the high-flying Clippers, then Kevin Durant and the Thunder. They now have won eight of nine.
Their defense-first approach also helped the Grizzlies regroup after leading scorer, Rudy Gay, was traded away in January.