The Good News: The Grizzlies managed to take the Spurs to overtime after giving up 25 points off 15 turnovers and shooting 11-18 from the free throw line. The Grizzlies stayed competitive in overtime without Mike Conley or Marc Gasol playing a second.
The Bad News: Mike Conley collided with Kawhi Leonard and left for the locker room after lots of bleeding. It’s a laceration above his right eye (opposite side of broken face), so Conley should be fine. JaMychal Green got elbowed in the stomach and didn’t play much after, but he seems to have been held out for precautionary reasons.
The Grizzlies fought hard, but ended up falling to the Spurs in OT, 95-89. Conley lead the Grizzlies with 19 points, and Z-Bo chipped in 18 points and 16 rebounds off the bench. Kawhi Leonard lead the Spurs with 32 points while LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 15 points of his own.
The first half was one of the ugliest halves of basketball (almost first game against Dallas bad) but the second half brought the fireworks. The Spurs held a solid 5 point lead most of the second half but the Grizzlies fought back to make the game interesting. Wayne Selden played amazing defense on Kawhi, especially in the 4th, to keep the Grizzlies in the game. Wade Baldwin IV played well for a rookie being thrown into the fire against the Spurs.
Overall, the Grizzlies got about as many positives out of a loss as you can. They’re 2.5 games behind the Thunder going into tomorrow’s matchup, but tonight proved the Grizzlies can hang with the Spurs in a playoff series. Turnovers and free throws were a game changer for the Grizzlies tonight. Get past those mental mistakes we’ve been talking about lately, and the Grizzlies might’ve pulled out the W. The Grizzlies will head home to end the season on a 4-game home streak to try and end the season on a high note.