Apr 11, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) fights for a loose ball with Phoenix Suns guard Sebastian Telfair (31) and center Robin Lopez (15) in the second half at the FedEx Forum. Memphis defeated Phoenix 104-93. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Grizzlies (34-23) vs. Spurs (40-16) notes


– Time: 7:30 p.m.

– TV: FSNSW.

– Radio: WOAI-AM 1200, KCOR-AM 1350.

– Spurs injury report: Gary Neal (gastroenteritis) is day-to-day.

– Grizzlies injury report: Darrell Arthur (torn right Achilles) is out. Tony Allen (facial laceration) is a game-time decision.

– The Spurs are searching for their first season series sweep against the Grizzlies since 2008-09. The Spurs have beaten Memphis by an average of 9.3 points.

– Zach Randolph, a name most Spurs fans are familiar with, is averaging 11.5 points and 7.7 rebounds while coming off the bench in 13 of 16 games. Memphis is 10-6 in this span.

– In their three consecutive victories over the Heat, Mavericks and Clippers, they outscored them by 10.8 points per 100 possessions.

– Memphis beat three consecutive playoff teams because of their defense: Miami, Dallas and Los Angeles shot an aggregate 42.3 percent from the field.

– After starting the month off relatively slow, Rudy Gay posted four consecutive games with 15-plus points (22.5 points per game) with a 56.3 field goal percentage.

– Memphis is 18-8 when Gay notches at least 20 points.

– In victories, Mike Conley averages 14.4 points, 7.1 assists and 47.6 percent shooting. In losses, Conley averages 10.8 points, 6.5 assists and 37.3 percent shooting.

– In three games against the Spurs, Conley averaged 15 points, six assists and 38.9 percent shooting.

– The Conley-Mayo-Allen-Gay-Gasol small ball lineup has played well defensively in 138 minutes. They allow 97.4 points per 100 possessions, 43.1 percent shooting and an abysmal 27.1 percent from behind the arc.

– The aforementioned lineup configuration outscores their opponents by 15.6 points per 100 possessions, good for 12th in the league.

– More lineup fun: Memphis’ four frequently used lineups are all positive lineups (meaning they outscore their opponents per 100 possessions).

– The Grizzlies are only 0.5 games behind the Clippers for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference.

– Memphis is 13-16 on the road and 8-2 in their last 10 games.

– The Grizzlies are the No. 1 team in opponent turnovers rate. They are 16-8 when they force at least 17 turnovers.

– Only the Hornets are more frugal with their perimeter shooting than the Grizzlies. Memphis only attempts 12.5 shots from behind the arc.

Tags: Memphis Grizzlies Mike Conley Rudy Gay San Antonio Spurs Tony Allen Zach Randolph

  • rtesoro440

    The spurs lost to a superior andtaller opponent. At the start of the season, this has been the no. 1 problem of the spurs – lack of ceiling. What can a 6’7″ do against 7 footers? Splitter remains nothing more than a reliever of TD. The about the deph of the spurs’ bnch is  a mirage. The socalled highly vaunted “depth” is put to shame by the lakers. Diaw, Jackson and Mills really have reached their level.They are overmatched against the laers’ giants.

  • LWM_sucks

     @rtesoro440 Not necessarily. Two words: sample size. It’s been two games. What happened to everybody’s confidence in this team? Has it really dissipated after two losses? We knew the Spurs, if anything, were the deficient down low. Nothing has changed. We are just more aware of our problem.I don’t see the Lakers manhandling the Spurs again, though. We’ll see less of Blair and the Tim and Tiago defensive tandem will have to be implemented. A little dosage of Bonner to spread the defense will also help the Spurs. Pop didn’t stray from Blair in time; Bynum was already in a groove. Our depth remains our singular advantage over any NBA team. It’s not time to write them off.Also, you seem to have a strong opinion. I respect that. What is your writing experience? I wouldn’t mind reading your work in the future.