ESPN KIA NBA Countdown Analysts Preview Western Conference Finals Game 2


ESPN KIA NBA Countdown Analysts Preview Western Conference Finals Game 2

On the May 21 edition of ESPN’s KIA NBA Countdown, analysts Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons and Michael Wilbon previewed Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals – Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs – airing at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Radio. KIA NBA Countdown emanated on site at the AT&T Center in San Antonio and will continue to air on site throughout the Western Conference Finals on ESPN and The Finals on ABC.

The next edition of KIA NBA Countdown is Saturday, May 25, at 8 p.m., followed by Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at 9 p.m.

Michael Wilbon on Memphis in Game 1 and Zach Randolph

Memphis had stage fright; I think they’ll get over that. Zach Randolph can’t get just have shots, he needs to score points. He needs to be up at that 20-point level. Gasol as well.

Bill Simmons on Marc Gasol

I want to see Memphis shoving guys around, banging bodies and getting back to where they were. Gasol has a chance to be the best player in this series. He needs to start playing like it. Usually, the best guy in the series is going to win.

Magic Johnson on key to Grizzlies victory

The Spurs have two advantages that they utilized in Game 1: speed and quickness. If Memphis can’t keep Tony Parker out of the lane, they’re going to have trouble in this series. That penetration has killed the Grizzlies.

Jalen Rose on Tim Duncan

The last couple of games for Tim Duncan, he’s struggled. He got benched against Golden State and he scored in single digits for Game 1. He needs to have a big game in Game 2.

Johnson on defending Tony Parker

You have to double team Tony Parker coming off that pick and roll to make him kick it early, because he has too many options in that lane. Look for Memphis to double team Parker to get it out of his hands early.

Rose on Grizzlies urgency

If the Grizzlies get down 0-2, they have a 16 percent chance to win the series. If we are expecting a long series, the Grizzlies need to show up tonight.

Wilbon on thriving small market teams

You look at the two teams in the Western Conference Finals – San Antonio and Memphis – we’re talking about one-team cities. You’re talking about places where the basketball team is the dominant team.

Johnson on Commissioner Stern

When I came in, The Finals were on tape delay, now they’re on live TV. He got the collective bargaining agreement done. This man is a marketing genius. This game has grown because of his leadership.



Ben Cafardo

I lead communications strategy and execution for ESPN’s NBA, MLB, FIBA and Little League World Series properties. I’m also a proud consumer of all things ESPN.
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