The Spurs, the Grizzlies, and the Pleasures of the Old Man Game

The first round of the N.B.A. playoffs is always a smorgasbord of basketball pleasures. The talent level is so high. Everyone is playing hard, and egos are on the line. The sheer abundance of it—multiple games each day, most of them shown on regular cable—is a shock to the casual fans who have not b …
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