Notebook: Spurs' aim? Don't let Grizzlies get to them

  • Notebook: Spurs' aim? Don't let Grizzlies get to them

Notebook: Spurs' aim? Don't let Grizzlies get to them

PRESSURE IS ON: Paul George. James said when asked how the Cavs would have handled a loss. "I've got two kids, a lot of work". Despite the threat he presents, Gasol won't have an easy time with the Spurs. Rotations always get shortened in the postseason, and Pop himself can be obstinate with sticking to his veterans, but there are 11 or 12 guys that I can see having moments in the coming weeks or (hopefully) months. "I don't have time for that".

"Memphis is a very well-rounded team - they are physical and very good defensively", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. Parker flashed a couple of vintage moments against the Grizzlies, and he hopes he can continue to contribute at the level needed to keep advancing in the postseason. Fizdale likes how complete the young wing is, or how he is the most complete option he now has, and seems willing to invest this opportunity in him. "He's done a great job in the weight room and on the court just trying to get his wind back. The effort was there, but I thought the execution was really poor". I don't think starting Daniels or Ennis III or anyone else saves them at this point- and that includes Tony Allen if/when he returns. We've got to know that they need this win, that they are tough, hard-nosed and they are going to come after us.

"Tonight, I just saw some opportunities and I was aggressive". "Go out there and prove we're just as good, too".

Game 2 of the series is Monday in San Antonio. If he just does what he did during the regular season during this first round matchup-hit midrange jumpers, post-up against smaller players, and pull down a handful of rebounds-it will be more than enough to push the Spurs past the low-seeded Grizzlies.

After falling behind 28-15 with two minutes left in the first quarter, the Spurs outscored the Grizzlies by 42 points over the next two quarter, including a 19-0 run to bring the third and fourth periods.

Name SearchWatch Service' Andrew Harrison was the third-highest scorer with 10 points, which tells you about all you need to know.

San Antonio is probably going to play the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Conley started hot, but was held without a basket in the second half and finished with 13 points.

The Grizzlies led by as much as 13 points in the first quarter of Game 1 before the Spurs overwhelmed the Grizzlies with a three-pronged offensive attack from Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker, turning their double-digit deficit into a 30-plus-point blowout in the fourth quarter.

Watch Service' Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, JaMychal Green, and probably 40-year-old Vince Carter and rookie Wayne Selden, who had exactly 14 games of National Basketball Association experience before these playoffs started.