VOL. 132 | NO. 76 | Monday, April 17, 2017
Game 1 Suggests Grizzlies Don’t Have Enough to Compete for 48 Minutes
By Don Wade
The Grizzlies can win a quarter. They won the first quarter in Game 1 of their playoff series at San Antonio. Even led by as many as 13 points before carrying a 30-25 lead into the second quarter.
But in the three quarters that followed they were outscored 27-19, 32-15 and 27-18. That added up to a 111-82 loss that, until the Grizzlies prove otherwise, confirmed the worst fears about how this series will go.
Game 2 comes at 8:30 Monday night, April 17, in San Antonio. Tony Allen will still be in street clothes with an injured calf. The starting lineup will be Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, JaMychal Green, and probably 40-year-old Vince Carter and rookie Wayne Selden, who had exactly 14 games of NBA experience before these playoffs started.
The bench gave the Grizzlies nothing in Game 1, rendering Gasol’s playoff-high 32 points a mere aside. Conley started hot, but was held without a basket in the second half and finished with 13 points. Rookie backup point guard Andrew Harrison was the third-highest scorer with 10 points, which tells you about all you need to know.
The Spurs got 32 efficient points from Kawhi Leonard (11-for-14 from the floor), 20 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 18 from Tony Parker.
From the second through fourth quarters, the Spurs beat the Grizzlies by 34 points. It didn’t feel that close.
“It got ugly quick,” Memphis coach David Fizdale said.
One main reason: The Spurs’ defense adjusted and took Conley out of scoring mode (he did have seven assists). Which left only Gasol as an option.
“They upped their pressure,” said Fizdale. “Without Mike having a big series, this won’t be much of a series.”
The Grizzlies, however, also lost their way defensively.
“We started getting hesitant,” Conley told the San Antonio Express-News. “Against a good team like that, you can’t do that.”
Five Key Stats from Game 1:
-- The Spurs shot 53.9 percent from the floor to the Grizzlies’ 39.2 percent.
-- The Grizzlies made 7 of 20 threes for 35 percent while San Antonio hit 10 of 19 for 52.6 percent.
-- The Spurs won the boards 52-42.
-- In 26 minutes off the bench, Zach Randolph hit 3 of 13 shots, scored six points, grabbed three rebounds, and had a +/- of -39.
-- In 16 minutes off the bench, guard Troy Daniels missed all three shots he took (all 3-pointers), had no assists or rebounds, made a turnover, and was -29.