Game 1 Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Apr 18, 2017, 01:21
It is a notion Spurs players brought up after four regular season meetings against the Grizzlies, when they thought they got a little too chirpy with the officiating. Everything points to an advantage for the Spurs in this series, so they're expected to emerge victorious. "I just want to win". I think we were all a little anxious about how Marc Gasol was going to play in the first place, and he answered that pretty quickly. Kawhi Leonard led the way, with 32 points and five assists. "If we win a game or lose a game, it won't be because we took it for granted". The Grizzlies struggled shooting, going just 31-of-79 from the field and 7-of-20 from 3-point land. If Mike Conley and Marc Gasol continue to receive no help from teammates, Memphis can go ahead and get their fishing rods ready. Mike Conley had 13 points, five rebounds and seven assists, but no other player topped six points.
We have the Memphis Grizzlies vs San Antonio Spurs.
I don't expect that to mean anything more than good-old-fashioned physicality from Memphis, but we have already seen that translate to one blow to Manu Ginobili's head (courtesy of Zach Randolph, in the second quarter). Despite a strong showing in the first quarter, Memphis showed they're not quite up to the task of keeping up with San Antonio over the course of 48 minutes. Gasol was 9 of 13 from the floor in the half and hit both of his 3-point attempts. Gasol can also get back to that role of facilitator on the elbow a bit more. "I was lucky enough to start the game very efficient and getting good looks, but it's not about that". It's a tough team as we all know, but we are optimistic. "They just got after us, they really got after us". At 11-for-14 from the floor and 9-for-9 from the line, Leonard now has a 89.1% true shooting percentage through one playoff game. San Antonio won 95-89 in overtime. He scored almost half of his points in the third quarter alone to seal the deal and he was ultra efficient. "We've just got to do a better job of obviously taking the challenge one on one".
"We can't get caught up in it and let our minds take us away from the game and complain", Mills said. He made a lot of great plays for us.
The two teams split their season series in 2016-17 and have met four previous times in the Western Conference playoffs, with the Spurs sweeping all but one of the matchups.
Earlier on Saturday, Australian rookie Thon Maker was an intimidating force and Matthew Dellavedova hit key shots in Milwaukee's upset win over the Toronto Raptors in game one series.
The Spurs got off to an terrible start in the first quarter, during which they allowed Memphis to score 30 points on 68 percent from the field.
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