Who: Memphis Grizzlies @ San Antonio Spurs
When: 7:30 pm CST
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Records: Memphis Grizzlies (33-23), San Antonio Spurs (40-15)
Expected Starting Lineups:
Memphis – Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Rudy Gay, Marreese Speights, Marc Gasol
San Antonio – Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, DeJuan Blair
Memphis is red-hot going 9-2 in their last 11 games with the only losses being at Houston and at Dallas. Tonight the Grizzlies travel to the last Texas city as they tackle the Spurs in San Antonio. The Grizzlies are now 2-0 during redemption week where the Grizzlies four games were all against teams that Memphis had not defeated this season.
Memphis has been winning games combining a suffocating defense with a surprisingly effective offense of late especially off the bench where Zach Randolph and OJ Mayo have been leading one of the most effective second lines in the league. The team is playing so well they were described as “the talk of the league” last night on NBA TV.
Rudy Gay put up 32 points against Phoenix last night to become the first Grizzlies player to score 30 points in a game this season but it was the solid contributions from Mayo, Randolph and Dante Cunningham that helped the Grizzlies escape with a win against a very determined Phoenix team that was fighting for their playoff lives. The strong play off the bench has allowed the Grizzlies starters to get some rest for a change.
San Antonio is also 9-2 in their last 11 games but they have lost the last 2 to teams competing for playoff position just like the Grizzlies are. The Utah game was excusable with Parker, Manu and Duncan all remaining in San Antonio to get extra rest. Last night’s blowout loss at home is less excusable. The hated LA Lakers came to town and dismantled the Spurs despite a rested full team on the court. “It was a great wakeup call” said PG Tony Parker. “It was kind of embarrassing” chimed in Manu Ginobili. Those two All-Stars combined for 13 points against the Lakers.
The Spurs have dominated the Grizzlies this season after being upset in the first round last year. The three previous match-ups with San Antonio have been low scoring affairs with Memphis outscored by nearly ten points a game. The Spurs have held the Grizzlies to an average of only 79 points a game. However the last two games the Grizzlies were without Zach Randolph who has returned to average a double-double off the bench for the Grizzlies.
San Antonio hasn’t lost three straight games this season and don’t want to start now with the post season right around the corner.
Prediction: The Grizzlies fall a bit short as San Antonio comes out with an attitude and holds off the Grizzlies.