The San Antonio Spurs are off to a strong start this NBA playoff season with two double-digit victories over the Grizzlies. It’s also interesting to watch brothers Marc and Pau Gasol facing off against each other for the first time during playoffs.
Spurs have had 10 consecutive wins over the Grizzlies during the postseason. Could our outside shooting be our strongest weapon against the Grizzlies? Looks like it! The Grizzlies have finished in the bottom five in deep-ball shooting for each of their past four playoff appearances. On the other hand, the Spurs led the NBA in 3-point shooting at 39.1 percent during this past regular season. In Game 1, the Spurs attacked their outside shooting and shot 52.6 percent. Check out more from what we’ve seen the Spurs accomplish so far below.
The Spurs started off hot and executed their plays consistently throughout the game. For about 10 minutes in the first quarter, it looked like the Spurs were in trouble when the Grizzlies began to get a good lead. Kawhi Leonard surprised everyone with his jump shots and changed up the game. Manu Ginobili got an elbow to the face and sat out for a bit.
For the remainder of the night, the Spurs didn’t let the Grizzlies get close to catching up to them. Danny Green showed up strong on the defensive side of the ball and made it a point to shut out Mike Conley. Coach Pop made sure to get Ginobili back out on the floor despite his small injury. With almost 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, both teams also decided to get their bench players on the court. The Spurs overcame their 13-point deficit and finished the game 111-82.
It seems like Marc Gasol was the only Grizzly who decided to show up to the playoffs. Once he scored his 32nd point of the night, he tied himself up with the entire rest of his team! In just 32 minutes, Leonard tied his postseason scoring high of 32 points. That’s 32 points in 32 minutes! Tony Parker also scored 18 points with just over 21 minutes playing on the court. Game 1 was no challenge for the Spurs.
The Spurs were off to a great start and were leading the Grizzlies for the first half. The Spurs had a 26-point lead thanks to their strong outside shooting. Many thought the game was going to be a sweep. The Grizzlies have been struggling with 3-pointers for years now. They went 7 of 27 from deep shots. That’s 26% shooting, and that’s just embarrassing! Leonard attempted more free throws than the whole Memphis team.
At the second half, the Grizzlies finally decided to fight and came out leading at the end of the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies were still leading at 75-71, but then Tony Parker and Pau Gasol went crazy with 3-pointers to rebuild their double-digit lead. Even though the Grizzlies fought hard, the Spurs fought harder and won 96-82.
The Spurs are officially off to a 2-0 lead. Leonard had a postseason career-high with 37 points and 11 rebounds during Game 2. He became the first Spurs player with 35 points and 10 rebounds since Tim Duncan in 2008. Coach Pop even thinks Leonard is the best two-way player in the league.
Even if you’re not a Spurs fan, San Antonians will have something hot to celebrate after a Spurs win. Valero Corner Stores will continue its tradition of providing free coffee from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. the morning after each Spurs playoff victory. This offer is valid only at San Antonio area locations, and no purchase is necessary.
Kenny Smith from TNT says the Spurs have been the most consistent basketball team in the past decade, and they have never played a bad game (obviously). He thinks any team that beats them has to be playing on a whole new level.
Every year, we hear time and time again that the Spurs are one of the most underrated teams. Could it be because the players are quiet and out of the spotlight? Could it be because the Spurs play slow basketball and don’t make big fancy plays? Whatever it may be, the Spurs have mastered the art of basketball, and they’ll prove everyone wrong once again.
Shaquille O’Neal told us he doesn’t think the Grizzlies will even be able to win a game against the Spurs, but he also said the Grizzlies play a different game at home. Lucky for them, Game 3 will be tomorrow night in Memphis. Let’s see if the Grizzlies will get their groove back on their home court.
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