I’ll now go on the record (as if anyone cares) as saying that the fine levied against the Spurs was a bunch of baloney.
Coach Pop’s astute maneuver in sending home his heavy hitters after a wearying stretch came to fruition this game.
This game evoked some pleasant memories of Fratello-era Spurs/Grizzlies matchups. Yes, I said “pleasant”-I used to LOVE those 84-82 slugfest/borefest/defensefest games.
This was a tremendous early-season game for several reasons, except that one…
Such a good game, except for THE GRIZZLIES THROWING AWAY A DOUBLE-DIGIT FOURTH-QUARTER LEAD. Of course, the Grizzlies could not really be blamed for running out of gas completely, playing against a fully-rested, always-lethal crew of Spurs starters. As it happens many times in the playoffs, the principal horses are the ones who win or lose…and that sort of happened this game…except the Grizzlies bench once again managed to disappoint. 8 for 28 just ain’t gonna cut it, although the Spurs’ bench went only 11-29, not exactly a stellar shooting performance.
One would suppose that the Grizzlies, and Marc Gasol in particular, should take it as an honor that Tim Duncan took that first half so personally..except that he’s still completely awesome at pretty much every aspect of basketball, and he’s the last guy you want taking it personally. Interesting, it was, to see that after hitting 21 in the first half, he was held to only six over the rest of the game and overtime…but guess what? The Spurs hit some threes after TD quieted down, showing that they still have championship mettle and makeup. They’d be glad to execute you by any method you choose.
The Spurs’ defense pushed ZBo off his spots and out of his rhythm *just enough* to irritate him into a poor 5-21 shooting night, although he still managed to dig 17 points and 15 boards out of what was a clogged lane all night. Conley made every effort to play the hero once again, hitting a three to make it 79-72 after the Spurs had closed it, and another huge one in OT…but it was easy to see that by OT, the Griz were flying on fumes.
Can’t win ’em all….just gotta make sure to win at least two of the remaining games against SAS, those games could turn HUGE at the end of the season…
I will not speak of the officiating.