Battle of the Fans to Heat Up in NBA Western Finals

Battle of the Fans to Heat Up in NBA Western Finals

Memphis Grizzlies players and fans are all trying to rebound after Sunday's 105-82 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
SAN ANTONIO, TX (abc24.com) - Memphis Grizzlies players and fans are all trying to rebound after Sunday's 105-82 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

The Grizzlies won't have the "Grindhouse advantage" until Saturday. There's something amazing about seeing FedExForum filled with fans waving their yellow growl towels.

Spurs fans were waving their own signs, saying "We Will Be Heard."

Grizzlies fans heard Spurs fans alright, but with the chance this series goes seven games, this sign debate is just getting started.

In San Antonio, they love their Spurs. Part of that love is because this team is good, with four NBA Championships since 1999, and partly because this is the only game in town.

"I've been a spurs fan since the day I was born because this is my city, and I have to represent my city," said Spurs fan Danny Neaves.

Spurs fan Victor Prieto added, "Spurs are like the only big team we have here so, everyone goes around the Spurs."

We are a Grizz Nation with a growl towel tradition, so Grizzlies fans who made the trip to San Antonio were less than impressed with the signs the Spurs put out for game one.

Grizzlies fans like Al Gossett seemed confused by it all. "I don't even know what that means," he said, "I would be embarrassed to put that out there frankly."

But on their turf, Spurs fans were outright dismissing our growl towels.

"Memphis, I give them my condolences too, because they're a really good team too to make it in the playoffs, but they can wave their flags all they want, we are going to do what we do," said Spurs fan Ryan Malone.

But as Grizzlies fans, "We Don't Bluff" - and the battle of the fans will only get more heated.

Game two of the NBA Western Conference Finals, in San Antonio, is at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

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