Back in 1983 when NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone predicted the 76ers would win the championship by going “fo’, fo’, fo‘” — sweeping each seven game series by winning four straight — the road to the title was shorter. These days a team has to go fo’ fo’ fo’ FO’, to win the NBA crown. It’s an unlikely feat for even the best teams. (The destiny-driven 76ers even dropped one game on the quest.) But the San Antonio Spurs just got their first Fo’, beating the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 4 116-95 to make it four straight and move on to Round 2. That’s something their chief Western Conference rival, the Golden State Warriors, can’t claim. Golden State dropped a Curry-less contest against the Rockets in Game 3.
The Spurs lost just once this year at home, where they’ll play most of their playoff games this postseason. Until (and if) there’s a series against Golden State, the Spurs will try to work that homecourt advantage as a foundation for further sweeps. So the fo-fo-fo-fo dream remains possible — even if it’s hard to picture sweeps in later rounds in a league that has so much parity at the top. For now, though, the Spurs have one fo’ under their belt. They’ll face the winner of OKC-Dallas next. That fo’ will be tougher to manage.