The last time the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the San Antonio Spurs, I was not managing this blog, Joe Mullinax was known as MulliGrizz, and this site you're reading right now was just a couple of months into being known as Grizzly Bear Blues.
In other words, it's been a minute.
Memphis came out looking like the flat team that we saw on Wednesday night in Houston, and by the time they found any semblance of footing, it was just too late to mount a real comeback. The Grizzlies struggled on the boards and couldn't find a balance between keeping San Antonio's perimeter in check and clogging the lane to avoid giving up easy drives to the basket. In fact, they ended up doing neither. On the offensive end, Memphis failed with several attempts to get Zach Randolph going and rarely made the Spurs pay for any defensive mistakes. Remarkable play from Mike, Marc, and Tayshaun kept things interesting down the stretch, but the Spurs were fully stocked with daggers in Memphis on Friday night.
- The Grizzlies left a lot of plays on the court. There were many missed opportunities, including several instances where they started to force a turnover, blocked a shot, or forced a bad look from the Spurs and couldn't corral the ball into their possession. Most of these moments ended with San Antonio somehow scoring 3 points.
- Tayshaun Prince had an amazing night, shooting 4/4 from three, finishing with 20 points, and turning back the clock to chase down a Spurs fast break for an amazing block a la 2004 Eastern Conference Finals.
- Zach Randolph is completely ineffective against the Spurs. Dave Joerger is going to need to dig deep into his bag of tricks to find some way to rationalize giving Z-Bo any significant time in the two remaining games against San Antonio this month
Losing sucks, don't it? The Grizzlies are 15-4 and looking at another three games at home. Thankfully, none of those games are against the Spurs! See you on Sunday for Grizzlies vs. Heat back in FedexForum.
Stay tuned for the Report Card and more coverage of tonight's game.