The Grizzlies fought valiantly in Game 2 in San Antonio, but all for naught. They will return to the Grindhouse for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals with a big goose egg in the win column. (Yes, I threw Western Conference Finals in there because it still feels nice to say the Grizzlies are in the WCF.)
There are two positive ways to spin a 2-0 deficit in the series. One, the Grizzlies have been here before. They were down 2-0 to the Clippers and clawed their way back to win the series. My counter point to that would be the Spurs are a much more formidable opponent than the Clips. Secondly, the Grizzlies played much better in Game 2 than in Game 1. Maybe they can head home and say look we found some things that work against the Spurs, and now we just have to take care of business at home.
The first thing that sticks out is that the Grizzlies need more from the big three that is Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, and Marc Gasol. Conley finished 6-14 from the field, Randolph 6-18, and Gasol 4-12. Those percentages are not what you would expect from those three. They must be much more efficient going forward in this series for the Grizzlies to have success.
Add in the fact that the rim seemingly had Grizzlies repellent on it at certain times tonight and the fact that they took some downright bad shoots at crucial junctures in the game, and that is a recipe for a loss on most nights in the Association, especially in the playoffs.
Don't panic yet, Memphis! If anybody can come back from down 2-0 against a savvy veteran Spurs team, it's the Grizzlies. Keep the faith. Grind forth. Time for Game 3.
|Final - 5.21.2013||1||2||3||4||OT 1||Total|
|San Antonio Spurs||15||31||30||9||8||93|
Loss Haiku time if you feel up to it.