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Pride (In the Name of Love): Grizzlies vs. Spurs Game Two

Game one did not go well, but what all did we expect. What does game two hold for our Grizzlies?

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis Grizzlies (0-1, 42-40) vs. San Antonio Spurs (1-0, 67-15)

Spurs lead 1-0

AT&T Center

8:30 CST


Read More About the Spurs Over At Pounding The Rock

Grizzlies Notes

- Last Game: Memphis 74 - San Antonio 106.  This was the most lopsided loss in a playoff game in Memphis history.  Let's not think about this anymore.

- Injury List: Jordan Adams (out, may become a drummer for Spinal Tap), Mike Conley (out, but not going anywhere Ken Berger), Marc Gasol (out, but totally pulls off the t-shirt/suit jacket combo), Brandan Wright (out, sad face)

- Probable Starting Lineup: Jordan Farmar, Vince Carter, Matt Barnes, Zach Randolph, and Chris Andersen

- The Grizzlies scored 13 points in the first quarter, which was surprisingly not a record low for the postseason.  The lowest points scored in a quarter was 11...against the 2004.  This can't happen again if the Grizzlies want to be successful in game two.

- Vince Carter scored a team high 16 points in the first meeting, and Lance Stephenson scored 14 points.  No other Grizzly scored over seven points. This can't happen again if the Grizzlies want to be successful in game two.

- Zach Randolph and Matt Barnes, two guys that can score and in bunches, had a grand total of eight points on 4-20 shooting. This can't happen again if the Grizzlies want to be successful in game two

- The Grizzlies shot 39.2% from the field, which was the lowest shooting percentage for a playoff team. This can't happen again if the Grizzlies want to be successful in game two.

- I don't put much stock in individual +/- rating, but every Grizzly finished with a negative rating (Zbo was the lowest with a -28 and P.J. Hairston was the highest with a -2 in a team low 12 minutes of playing time). This can't happen again if the Grizzlies want to be successful in game two.

- So enough negativity.  Did the Grizzlies do anything right in game one?  Well, they shot 8-18 from three, which is pretty freaking good for them.  If they shot badly from three that game was a fifty point blowout.

- The Grizzlies need to make what their bread and butter is, scoring down low and getting to the basket.  Here was the shot chart from game one:

All of that red is ZBo's work space.  He will need to have a big big game in order for the Grizzlies to even be respectable in tonight's game.

- As far as defense, the Grizzlies are trading offensive rebounding for fastbreaks and long outlet passing defense, which is a fine strategy, but it leads to long run outs that can crush your soul.  And the Spurs had a few of these.

- I mean, in essance all the Grizzlies have to do is figure out how to stop Kahwi Leonard, a Finals MVP, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Danny Green, LaMarcus Aldridge, and a host of bench players who can come in short bursts and just light it up.  I mean...that's all.

- The word of tonight will be pride. The Grizzlies hung with the Spurs until the third quarter, where they were just outpaced and over matched in a quarter that they have typically been slow in. Tonight's mission would be to minimize the damage in the third quarter and hang on. If it's close by the fourth quarter, it will be time to employ the Napoleonic battle plan...just show up and see what happens. Just gotta get there first. Show some pride and hang on.

Spurs Notes:

- Injury List: None


- Probable Staring Lineup: Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kahwi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Tim Duncan.

- Kahwi Leonard has won Defensive Player of the Year.  Maybe this will inspire Tony Allen like Hakeem on Robinson back in 94.

- While the Grizzlies all finished with a negative +/-, every Spur except for one finished with a positive (Jonathon Simmons with a -1).

- Meanwhile, the Spurs shot pretty freaking well...

Over 50% right at the basket will get you a pretty good advantage every single time.

Prediction Time

They Could Not Take Our Pride

Spurs 107-Grizzlies 85