Sitting on a bluff above the mighty Mississippi River is Memphis, a sleepy southern United States city known for not much more than its savory barbecue meats, being the home of famous rock and roll singer Elvis Presley and for the blues, the music celebrated in the city's history and on downtown Beale Street, a small strip of neon bars and hustlers.

But a few blocks away at the gleaming FedEx Forum where the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies play, they aren't singing the blues as much as they are gritting and grinding, the easy slang for the rugged, physical game the Grizzlies play that just might win them an unexpected NBA title.

Memphis has put the Golden State Warriors, this season's NBA golden children with their 67 wins and Splash Brothers guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, on notice in their conference semifinals series that they are in for a battle. And battles are Grizzlies' home turf.