The San Antonio Spurs held off a late comeback to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-89 in overtime. With the win, the Spurs took a 2-0 series lead. It was a game that kept me up a lot later than planned. So with heavy eyes and having to be up in about five hours, here are my thoughts on Game 2:
Served on a Silver (and Black) Platter: The Spurs had yet another efficient, ball-sharing performance on offense. They had 29 assists on 36 baskets. That is an absolutely absurd number, and as I said in my Game 1 thoughts, is a beautiful thing to watch.Eighteen of those assists came from Tony Parker, who continued his great playoff run. He has been the best point guard in the playoffs and is reminding people that his name belongs in the conversation of best point guards in the NBA. He has the ball on a string and is setting up his teammates with easy shots. On top of that, he is making life difficult for Mike Conley, Jr. on the defensive end. Should he continue this play in Memphis, this series will be a lot shorter than expected.
Glass Half Empty- As the Grizzlies head back to Memphis down 2-0, there should be cause for concern. They are getting shredded defensively by Tony Parker and the Spurs’ ball movement. Their offensive game plan is being negated because of a lack of shooters or should I say, not inserting the shooters early enough. The Spurs have far and away been the better team for 95 of the 101 minutes played. I am not sure how many changes or adjustments the Grizzlies can make to counter the Spurs at this point. The Spurs are also one of a few teams that is rarely phased by road crowds. They just play their ball, suck the air out of the gym, get the W and head back to the hotel. It would have been ideal for the Grizzlies to get at least a split in San Antonio. It will not shock anyone if the Spurs get at least a split, possibly two in Memphis, and end this series early. It will be interesting to see what Lionel Hollins can come up with and if his team can execute the game plan better than they have for the majority of the first two games of this series.
Glass Half Full- As bad as things have looked for Memphis for most of this series, the Spurs did nothing more than defend their home court. Also, the Grizzlies were finally able to muck up the game in the last six minutes of the fourth quarter, making things very interesting. They need to bottle that up and take it back to Memphis. Zach Randolph began to take the seal off of the basket that has been there for him throughout the first two games. Quincy Pondexter and Jerryd Bayless provided the timely shooting that a team with dominant low-post players needs to loosen up the paint. They were the Grizzlies most consistent players in Game’s 1 and 2. Coach Hollins needs to go to Pondexter earlier in the game as the series shifts to Memphis. They will have the raucous Grindhouse crowd behind them on Saturday. It is imperative that they put their foot on the gas early and apply pressure on the Spurs right out of the gate.
There you have my thoughts on Game 2. My eyes are heavier, I have to be up for work in four hours, but I got this done. Feel free to comment here or on Twitter. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. I’m Jimmy L. Wilson, Jr. and I approve this message.