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Third Quarter Dooms Memphis, Grizzlies Lose Game One 111-82

The second half was a complete disaster as the Spurs took a 1-0 lead over the Grizzlies.

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The Memphis Grizzlies competed with the mighty San Antonio Spurs for two quarters on Saturday night in game one of their 2017 NBA Playoff first round series. Then the wheels completely came off in the third quarter on the way to the Grizzlies dropping the opening contest of the series in San Antonio 111-82.

Some key performances/trends from the game tonight-

  • Marc Gasol led the way for Memphis, scoring 32 points on 18 shots with five rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. His performance was essentially wasted, however, as the rest of the Grizzlies struggled mightily to score the basketball beyond a red-hot first quarter in which Memphis scored 30 points. They only scored 52 points the rest of the game. Let that sink in - the Grizzlies will be swept if that holds moving forward.
  • Mike Conley had a great first quarter, shooting 4-4 in the opening frame. From that point on, he was a complete dumpster fire. He shot 1-10 the rest of the game and 5-14 overall for a 13-point outing. Tony Parker, meanwhile, turned back the clock and schooled Conley to the tune of 18 points on 13 shots. In our previews of this series we mentioned how Conley had to be able to dominate that matchup for Memphis to compete in this series. Parker outplayed Conley. That is a disaster.
  • Give credit where it’s due to the Spurs - they are the best defensive team in the NBA for a reason. But the Grizzlies’ anemic offensive performance beyond the first quarter has a lot to do with players simply missing shots. San Antonio does not need help - they’re good, but they’re not holding you to 38% shooting as a team good. Gasol was 8-11, as mentioned before. The rest of the Grizzlies were 20-61 from the field. That is 32.7%. That’s not acceptable from a playoff team, and Tony Allen isn’t saving you when it comes to offensive efficiency. Zach Randolph and other bench players need to step up.

Memphis was winning 30-25 at the end of the first quarter. From that point on, the Spurs embarrassed the Grizzlies 86-52. Thankfully it only counts as one loss, no matter how bad tonight looked. How the Grizzlies respond will make all the difference.

Game two is Monday night in San Antonio. If the Grizzlies do not make adjustments and adapt to how the Spurs defended them from the second quarter on, this series will end by next weekend.

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