The Memphis Grizzlies got another win on Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers, their fourth out of the last five games. But tonight they faced the San Antonio Spurs. Both teams had several players that were not active and would not play. The Grizzlies were missing Jarell Martin, Tyreke Evans, and JaMychal Green. The Spurs would not play LaMarcus Aldridge, Manu Ginolbi, Kawhi Leonard, and Rudy Gay.
The first quarter started with the Spurs still having some amazing ball movement. It does not matter who is playing for the Spurs, they all know how to play the game, which lead to several open shots. They missed some, which was great for the Grizzlies, it allowed them to extend a big lead early on. The rebounding for the Grizzlies was a problem for a group that started small players, with Ivan Rabb playing the four spot. The Grizzlies struggled with the offense passing up open shots and settling for isolation plays early in the quarter, however the played decent defense.
Between the defense and the fact that the Spurs missed some shots, it was only a four point lead for the Spurs with just over seven minutes left in the quarter. Both teams struggled on offense and they were both 3-12 from the field mid way through the third quarter. After a Patty Mills jumper, the Spurs pushed the lead to eight, but Marc Gasol came back down with a three pointer to pull back within five. The young guys for the Grizzlies continued to play hard, Brandan Wright and Deyonta Davis carried the offense late in the first quarter. The Grizzlies had some good defense to end the first and pull within one.
The second quarter started as slow as the first one ended, but only for the Grizzlies. The Spurs started to hit more shots that were open and good looks for them. Myke Henry got into another game for the Grizzlies, although he was not playing great offense, his defense was great collecting a block and a steal. Turnovers were a real problem for the Grizzlies, there were getting stops but kept turning the ball over and letting the Spurs score easy points in transition. Deyonta Davis continued to play well with eight points and four rebounds mid way through the second quarter including a huge finish from Andrew Harrison.
The turnovers continued though, and with just under five minutes left to play in the second quarter, the Grizzlies had committed eight turnovers for nine Spurs points, the Spurs also had a nine point lead. Late in the second quarter the Spurs continued to miss wide open threes, only shooting 3-12 from three so far in the game. The Grizzlies ended the half with some pretty bad offense to give the Spurs an eleven point lead. Deyonta Davis was tied as the team high scorer with eight points, thats not ideal for wins.
Both teams started the third quarter with better offense, but Wayne Selden committed his fourth foul pretty early in the quarter and had to sit down. The Grizzlies started taking to the basket more instead of relying on three pointers. Marc Gasol scored eight points in the first six minutes of the third quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Spurs held a seventeen point lead mid way through the third. Marc Gasol cooled off considerably throughout the third quarter, in fact he only score two more points the rest of the way. The defense really went off the rails for the Grizzlies for much of the third quarter. Kobi Simmons got into the game tonight after being absent for a few weeks with the Hustle, got back to back buckets to pull the Grizzlies back a little bit. The Grizzlies were not able to make up that much ground however taking a thirteen point deficit into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter started with a clear path foul committed by Ben McLemore and gave the Spurs two shots and the ball. They were able to capitalize on both of those for a four point play. Deyonta Davis finished two more lobs and was getting a lot of looks throughout the game to finish lobs that Harrison and Chalmers threw up. The young guys for the Grizzlies continued to hustle, play scrappy defense and score in transition when they could. Ivan Rabb pulled down a huge board for a putback dunk and then hit a stepback mid range jumper.
Dillon Brooks hit a jumper from the free throw line to pull the Grizzlies within nine points with just under eight mins to go in the game. The Spurs came back with a much higher defensive intensity and scored three straight buckets to extend the lead back out. The offense for the Grizzlies really ground to a halt, with Dillon Brooks putting up late shots on some possessions. Patty Mills hit two more three pointers after missing his first five to extend the lead to nineteen points. After that, the game was pretty much over and the Grizzlies lost another one to the Spurs 108- 85.