Spurs, Grizzlies set to resume postseason rivalry
- Author: Loretta Pittman Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 1:18
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The San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs 111- 82.
The Spurs and the Grizzlies have matched up in the playoffs in four of the last seven seasons, including the stunning eight-seed upset pulled off by Memphis back in 2011.
Name SearchWatch Service' Tony Parker. Just trying not to make it easy for those guys.
The Grizzlies insist they are ready for Game 2, regardless of what transpired during the first 48 minutes of this series. That being said, I am not super confident in his ability to adapt quickly. Someone sent it to me, and I kept it all this time. "I just want to win".
Kawhi Leonard: A serious candidate for the 2016-17 Most Valuable Player award, Leonard will be the best player on the floor whenever he's in the game.
The Cavaliers improved to 9-0 in the first round since the return of James, who had 32 points, 13 assists and six rebounds.
The Spurs rested their starters for the entire fourth quarter, which could be a huge advantage in a series that is expected to be a physical one between two grind-it-out teams.
The San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 111- 82 tonight, April 15, 2017 at the AT&T Center.
San Antonio outshot the Grizzlies 53.2 per cent to 39.2 per cent from the field and hit 10 of 19 three-point shots (52.6 per cent).
His absence puts added pressure on Grizzlies guard and scoring leader Mike Conley, who understands the team will go as far as he can carry it.
Name SearchWatch Service' Andrew Harrison was the third-highest scorer with 10 points, which tells you about all you need to know. Even with bulldog Zach Randolph taking on a bench role this season, the Grizzlies ranked seventh in the league in defensive rating, surrendering 107.1 points per 100 possessions, while also playing at third-slowest pace (92.3 possessions per 48 minutes). Conley started hot, but was held without a basket in the second half and finished with 13 points. "The effort was there, but I thought the execution was really poor". It's a tough team as we all know, but we are optimistic. The MVP candidate took full advantage of Tony Allen's absence and settled much less for his usual diet of long twos, finishing a ridiculous 11-of-14 from the field to go with a ideal 9-of-9 from the line. He scored almost half of his points in the third quarter alone to seal the deal and he was ultra efficient.
Memphis shot just 29.4 percent in the third quarter and was outrebounded 16-4.
"Him being aggressive and knocking down shots and just penetrating, and getting the defense to get an extra guy to go to him is big for us", Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard told reporters. "We've got to be a little more conscious when we drive to be patient and kick it and make them work so we get multiple passes in every possession". It's all about money but I will still do my best to offer you the best LEGAL way to watch your favorite team.