Who: Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs
Where: AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
When: 7:30 PM CT
How to Listen: 92.9 ESPN Memphis
How to Watch: FoxSports Southeast
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Full disclosure: I have not watched the Spurs play yet this season, but I'm sure they're buzzing right along. From looking at their schedule they've had it pretty easy to open the season. They lost to the two best teams they've played: OKC and Washington on the road, and their 3rd loss was to Anthony Davis
and the Pelicans last night. The Spurs undoubtedly took it easy last night in New Orleans so that they could be full strength for the Grizzlies because Popovich hates losing to Memphis as much as I hate people who walk around the grocery store using their phone like a boombox.
Recently from Memphis (7-6)
Winning! The Grizzlies have won four consecutive games for the first time since February. Mario Chalmers provided a jolt of energy that seems to have invigorated the Grizzlies two most important players: Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. During the streak Big Spain is scoring 20PPG on 58% shooting and Conley is right near 20PPG on 51% shooting (57% from three!) Dave Joerger has been fluid with his lineups and rotations, but it all looks a lot more controlled than it did the first couple of weeks of the season.
- It will be interesting to see how the Grizzlies guard LaMarcus Aldridge (I almost typed Jamarcus Russell for some reason). Zach Randolph, who has done a great job of defending LA in the past, could miss tonight's game. If that's the case I would consider putting Gasol on Aldridge and seeing what a JaMychal Green could do against Tim Duncan.
- A Test for Tony. I would assume Tony Allen starts tonight with the task of guarding #1 option Kawhi Leonard. This will be another good measure of how the Grindfather is holding up against time.
- Vince Carter is not just window dressing! VC has 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal in 18 minutes of play last night. Even better than that was Matt Barnes finally not having a mediocre-to-poor game! 12 point, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists is exactly the sort of stat line we need and expect from Barnes.