A game after holding Memphis to 74 points in Sunday’s victory, San Antonio held the Grizzlies to a franchise-low 68 points on 32.6 percent (28 of 86) from the floor in Game 2 Tuesday night.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich yells at a referee during a game against the Golden State Warriors during the regular season.
Game 3 is Friday night in Memphis.
The Grizzlies’ lowest postseason production came two days after they suffered their largest postseason defeat.
“Offensively, we need to be on the attack. and be aggressive”, Mills said.
“Were like when Rocky took out his mouthpiece and said, ‘I’m not going to get knocked down any more, ‘” Joerger said before Game 2.
The Spurs ability to take an commanding early lead allowed the San Antonio coaching staff to rest power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (dislocated right pinky finger).
But with Kawhi Leonard and others playing suffocating defense, the Spurs broke it open in the third quarter and cruised downhill from there. San Antonio shot 47 percent (31/66) and made 9 of 17 attempts from the 3-point line, but the Grizzlies forced 19 turnovers that they converted into 16 points.
“So far, we just did our job by winning our two games at home”, said Spurs guard Tony Parker, who had six points. “We’ve got to still execute”. “We are learning a lot from these two games already”.After finishing 40-1 at home during the regular season and picking up the record for most consecutive home court wins, the Spurs have proved beating them in San Antonio is a hard task.
“We’ve got to roll the dice a little bit”. After all, no National Basketball Association team has ever climbed out of the 0-3 hole before, and this Memphis team is certainly not talented enough to do so.
The seventh seeded Memphis’ injury toll this season includes All-Star big man Marc Gasol and guards Mike Conley and Mario Chalmers. Zach Randolph had 12 rebounds and 11 points, but was just 5 of 17 from the field.
“I think bringing that energy and effort that’s one thing that we try to do”, Mills said.
“We didn’t double-team him or anything like that”, Popovich said.
That average age of 35 is surprisingly the one category in which they’re topping San Antonio, which comes in at 30.8.
If the Grizzlies are going to give this game a shake, it is again up to Randolph to even the effect of Duncan’s communication in the paint. This aggression has accounted for 4 steals in the first game and 2 steals in the second.
The Memphis forward lives in the paint like a bear lives in the forest; it doesn’t matter if that area of hardwood around the basket is in Memphis or San Antonio.