Uncertain what to expect in the first playoff game of his career, Shane Battier discovered the difference before his first postseason game began.

"My very first memory is running out of the tunnel at AT&T Center, having a wall of noise blast me and thinking, 'So this is what they meant when they were telling us how different things are in the playoffs,'?" said Battier, who arrived with his Memphis Grizzlies on Friday to prepare for the team's first-round series with the Spurs.

That wall of noise experience was before Game 1 of the Spurs-Grizzlies first-round playoff series in 2004, when Battier was a 25-year-old with three seasons under his NBA belt.

It was a brand-new experience for him and for a Grizzlies franchise that had entered the NBA in 1995 as the Vancouver Grizzlies, departing Canada in 2001 after seven seasons produced not a single playoff game.