NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, April 1st
(All times Eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (55-18) at Memphis Grizzlies (49-24), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs lost a blockbuster matchup with the
Miami Heat and will try to get back on track Monday night when they pay a
visit to the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum.
The Spurs suffered an 88-86 loss to the defending champion Heat Sunday at home
and are now just 1 1/2 games ahead of Oklahoma City for the West's top seed.
Miami rested superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, while San Antonio was
paced by 17 points from both Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard.
Duncan grabbed 12 rebounds and Leonard added 11, while Tony Parker and Danny
Green scored 12 points apiece for the Spurs, who had won two straight and six
of seven games.
"They played great tonight," Leonard told NBA.com. "LeBron James, Dwyane Wade,
Mario Chalmers didn't play, but the guys stepped up tonight and their coach
had them prepared and ready to play."
San Antonio will try to stop a two-game slide on the road and is 23-13 away
from the Alamo City. The Spurs are six games ahead of Memphis for the
Southwest Division lead.
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili missed Sunday's game with a hamstring injury and is
questionable Monday night.
The Grizzlies will put their 11-game home winning streak on the line versus
the Spurs and are coming off Saturday's 99-86 victory over the Minnesota
Marc Gasol scored 21 points and Mike Conley netted 19 for Memphis, which is
fifth in the West standings and received 14 points from Zach Randolph.
"I thought our defense kept us in the game. We held them to 36 points in the
second half and really clamped down and took control of the game," Memphis
coach Lionel Hollins said.
Memphis is second in the NBA in opponents' scoring, allowing 90.0 ppg. The
Spurs are fourth in the league in scoring at 104.0 ppg.
The Grizzlies are 29-8 as the host and will start a three-game western road
trip Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Memphis has dropped two of three against the Spurs this season, including a
lopsided 103-82 setback on Jan. 16 in the Alamo City. Duncan fueled San
Antonio with 19 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and four assists as the
Spurs improved to 15-5 in the past 20 in this series.
The Spurs, though, have lost three of five at FedEx Forum.
04/01 10:27:51 ET