San Antonio kept throwing different defenders at Zach Randolph. Didn't matter. In the last four and a half minutes of Memphis' series-clinching victory Friday, the Grizzlies' star was guarded by nearly half of the Spurs who saw the floor that night. First was Antonio McDyess. Then came Tim Duncan. Tony Parker and George Hill even helped on a couple double teams. Still, Randolph scored 13 points on a dizzying array of moves against that rotating door of defenders. Much like the late-game heroics from Kevin Durant on Wednesday night, that performance by Randolph on Friday night begs one question as the Thunder prepares to open its second-round series against the Grizzlies with a high noon Sunday showdown. Can this guy be stopped? The short answer is no. He's too good to be snuffed out completely. He's too talented to be mitigated entirely. But despite the damage he's done in these playoffs, Randolph can be slowed down. Serge Ibaka has already shown as much. When these two teams last met on March 7, Ibaka had been a starter for less than two weeks, but he helped the Thunder hold Randolph to nine shots in 36 minutes. No other Memphis opponent held him to less than 10 shots in 30-plus game minutes during the regular season. "He is relentless," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of Randolph. "He is relentless every time down the court." The 6-foot-9 power forward is always moving, looking for a hole in the defense, seeking out a spot close to the basket. The end goal: having the ball in his hands.
Can anyone stop Memphis' Zach Randolph?
The Oklahoman | May 1