Series Grades: Western Conference Finals; Spurs Handed Final Grades

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May 27, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley (11) defends against San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) in the first half of game four of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at FedEx Forum. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Point Guard Tony Parker
24.5 PPG | 9.5 APG | 3.5 RPG | 2.0 SPG

He showed this series why he is in fact the best point guard in the league and also how he can control the aspect and outcome of a game.  Parker completely made life miserable for the Memphis Grizzlies.  His ability to continue to get into the lane even when teams try to force him out still makes one just shake their head.

Parker has been handed the team and Popovich knows that when he is playing at the top of his game, he can’t be stopped and he makes others around him better.  One game that stuck out to me in this series was game two when Parker came out and completely destroyed the Grizzlies, not by scoring, but penetrating and his ball distribution.  He finished the game with 18 assists.  Though he managed to score in double-digits, it was the way he controlled the game with his ball movement that really opened my eyes.

If that was not enough.  Game four, the final game of this series, Parker was simply put, AMAZING.  His jumper was falling, he looking like he was ready for the kill and to lead his team into the NBA Finals.  He matched a season and career playoff high with 37 points.  In this series he averaged 24.5 points and nearly 10 assists per game.

Parker is the leader, he made a promise to Tim Duncan to get him back to the Finals, he has done that.  Lets see if he can get him that ring.  Final Grade:  A+++

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