Round: Western Conference First Round
Series record: Grizzlies 4-Spurs 2
The second No. 8 over No. 1 series in NBA history might've been the most surprising. Prior to this series, the decade-old Grizzlies owned a franchise playoff record of 0-12. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol proved to be a match-up nightmare for Tim Duncan and a rotation of Matt Bonner, Antonio McDyess, and Tiago Splitter. Z-Bo's post-game bodied the opposition, averaging 21.5 PPG and 9.2 RPG for the series. Gasol also had a coming-out party of sorts, playing a team high 40.4 MPG and averaging team highs in rebounds and blocks.
The crucial loss for the Spurs came in Game 1 at home—they had the best home record in the Western Conference that season, while the Grizzlies were 16-25 on the road. If Memphis doesn't pull out that 101-98 victory, the series could've gone much differently. Randolph and Gasol combined for 49 points that night, and Shane Battier of all people hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 23.9 seconds left to steal Game 1.
An odd series, but that's how these things happen—unexpected role players hit unexpected crucial shots to snatch unexpected victories.