West outcome rests on Duncan's resolve

How the West will be won depends so much on how well Tim Duncan can hold up to the pounding that...

How the West will be won depends so much on how well Tim Duncan can hold up to the pounding that will punctuate this year's matchup with Memphis and its two-headed monster. (REUTERS)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:12 PM ET

How the West will be won depends so much on how well Tim Duncan can hold up to the pounding that will punctuate this year’s matchup with Memphis and its two-headed monster.

The Grizzlies are a lot of things, but pretty is never mentioned in the conversation, a grind-and-grit approach that earns few style points.

In many ways, the Grizzlies are a throwback to an era when defence was the priority, when virtually every offensive set went inside first, a half-court style that does not lend itself to high-scoring games or attractive viewing.


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