After getting free throwed nearly into submission, Grizzlies battle back from 26 down to cut Spurs lead to 4 with time running out. "I just take it game by game".
NEED TO KNOW: The Spurs have won nine straight in the postseason against Memphis, sweeping series in 2013 and 2016. After the game Gregg Popovich said that during that stretch "our offense went in the toilet due to their great defense". "He has class, and he just plays the game", Fizdale said. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game. San Antonio is 62-21 overall, 32-10 at home and 42-39-2 against the spread. The drubbing prompted then-Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes to say Memphis had "come to a gunfight with spoons". I'm not going to let them treat us this way. "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". In our locker room Lance is looked at as one of our leaders. Leonard shot more free throws (19) than the entire Grizzlies team (15), despite Memphis trying their best to attack on the interior.
The Memphis Grizzlies started the first game red-hot, jumping out to an early double-digit lead. I thought Mike missed some chippies in there in the paint.
But the Spurs' offense hit a bump in the road to close out the first half, and that slump continued through the third quarter and into the fourth. There will be no mention of the attempt in the scoresheet.
Leonard shot all four of the Spurs free throws in the final quarter while the Grizzlies were limited to one on a three-point play by Marc Gasol. Memphis has played two good quarters of basketball in two games. Without Tony Allen, the Grizz have had to try to guard Kawhi with a number of people that simply aren't equipped for the task.
He added: "Zach Randolph, the most rugged guy in the game, had zero free throws". He's probably going to continue to get the the line.
We'll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game.
Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith (5) passes against Indiana Pacers' Jeff Teague (44) in the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 17, 2017, in Cleveland. "Being more patient, seeing where the guys are coming from, starting to bait on the other team, start getting the hockey assists". Officials whistled Memphis for a total of 22 fouls, compared to 13 for the Spurs.