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Saturday, May 25th
(All times Eastern)
(2) San Antonio Spurs (2-0) at (5) Memphis Grizzlies (0-2), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Western Conference Finals shift to Memphis on Saturday
as the Grizzlies try to get back into the series against the San Antonio
It's been three days since the teams last took the court on Tuesday, when San
Antonio emerged with a 2-0 series advantage after a 93-89 overtime win.
"I'm sure if you get a break you want to take advantage of it and maybe take a
little bit of a mental as well as a physical break," said Spurs coach Gregg
Popovich about the extended layoff. "But, at the same time do something to
make sure you maintain at least your base conditioning, do some film and keep
everybody focused on what we're trying to do, but not beat anybody over the
head and then just pick it up toward game time."
The Grizzlies needed the break to try and get their offense going, especially
the spectacular big-man combo of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Their scoring
is way down through the first two games and Randolph, in particular, has been
disappointing with an average of 8.5 ppg.
"It was frustrating," admitted Randolph. "When you miss shots that you usually
make, it's frustrating."
Another problem offensively has been Tayshaun Prince. The starting forward has
eight points in this series, but head coach Lionel Hollins won't change the
starting lineup. Although, he did admit to thinking about it.
"It's something I've thought about. It's not something I'm ready to do," said
Hollins. "There's no need at this point to change the starting lineup. We lost
an overtime game and we got blown out in a game. We've got to play better
earlier, and we've got to play better later."
The Grizzlies put the clamps on the Spurs in the fourth quarter of Game 2.
After getting demolished in Game 1 and down double-digits at the start of the
final frame Tuesday, Memphis held San Antonio to nine points to force
The Grizz didn't get it done in the extra session, but there were encouraging
"Yeah, the way we came back, the way we put pressure on them in the game,"
said Randolph when asked about gaining confidence from the comeback in Game 2.
"In overtime we missed some shots, they made some shots, just little mistakes
here and there kept us out of the game."
The Grizzlies may be down 0-2, but they know they aren't out of it if recent
history is any kind of barometer. They fell down 0-2 to the Los Angeles
Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, then won four straight to
"We went on the road in every series and we lost, we had to come back,"
explained Hollins. "We're at home, and we want to come out and play much more
aggressive, much more confident, which teams usually do at home, and as I told
our team, being home is not going to win anything for us, we have to go out
and play much better."
The Spurs received steady contributions from everyone in Game 2. All five
starters scored in double figures, and all five bench players who got into the
game managed at least three points.
San Antonio was led in scoring by the venerable Tim Duncan, who was named to
the All-NBA First Team on Thursday.
"I know that he was touched when he found out," Popovich said on Thursday.
"All-NBA anything is pretty special if you think about it. It's something we
really respect and feel great about, and then we'll forget about it."
Duncan was not the only Spurs player to make one of the league's three teams.
Tony Parker made the All-NBA Second Team, but the elite guard underwent an MRI
exam on his ailing calf and there's no real change.
"Everything is fine," said Parker, who had 15 points and 18 assists in Game 2.
"I feel like I'm turning the corner and I feel like I'll be fine for Saturday.
It feels better."
Game 4 will be Monday night in Memphis.
05/25 10:37:44 ET