Tim Duncan scored 17 points, including six in overtime when Memphis could score only four, and the San Antonio Spurs have managed a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals after a shaky 93-89 victory over the Grizzlies this past Tuesday at AT&T Center.
Behind a career playoff-high 18 assists from Tony Parker, San Antonio built a lead of as much as 18 points. It was 12 heading into the fourth quarter before the Spurs missed their final eight shots from the floor in regulation and failed to score in the final 4:18 of the fourth quarter.
Jerryd Bayless came off the Memphis bench to score 18 points, but missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game with 11 seconds left in overtime. Mike Conley also added 18, but Zach Randolph had another flat shooting night. Maybe the return to home court in Memphis for Game 3 on Saturday will pull him out of his funk, because he was 6-for-18 after starting 1-for-10, and he’s 7-for-26 in the series.
The home team has won 17 of the last 20 games between these teams, and the Spurs lost both trips to Memphis during the regular season. With strong memories of blowing a 2-0 lead to Oklahoma City in the Western finals, the Spurs know the games in Memphis will be hard.
Boris Diaw tells NBA.Com they know the Grizzlies play well at home.
“We know they play great at home,” Spurs forward Boris Diaw said. “They have a great crowd, and they seem to be more pumped up when they play at home. They are probably going to make more shots, so we’ve got to be ready for that.”
Diaw could be talking about Zach Randolph whom has not been much of a factory in this series. Though he manages to hit double-figures in game two, he also shot better, that is a good sign for Memphis. The energy will be in the arena and the Grizzlies will surely be feeding off of it.
We brought up on Wednesday that Tony Parker was going to have an MRI on his strained left calf. This caused a bunch of concerns to many fans on our facebook page. The results came back that Parker is healing as expected and that he will be fine for the game come Saturday night. He tells NBA.Com, he will be ‘fine’.
“I feel like I’ll be fine Saturday,” he said.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS
Tony Parker - Mike Conley
Daniel Green - Tony Allen
Kawhi Leonard - Tayshaun Prince
Tim Duncan - Zach Randolph
Tiago Splitter - Marc Gasol
Key Bench Players
Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, Cory Joseph - Jerryd Bayless, Quincy Pondexter, Darrell Arthur
Gregg Popovich - Lionel Hollins
GAME AND BROADCAST INFORMATION
When: Saturday, May 25th, 2013 at 8:00 P.M. CST
Where: Fed Ex Forum – Memphis, Tennessee
Television: ESPN (National) Radio: 1200 AM WOAI (Local)
SERIES AT A GLANCE
SPURS LEAD 2-0
Game 1 in San Antonio: Spurs win: 105-83 | AA Recap | Box Score
Game 2 in San Antonio: Spurs win: 93-89 | AA Recap | Box Score
Game 3 in Memphis: Saturday, May 25
Game 4 in Memphis: Monday, May 27
Game 5 in San Antonio: Wednesday, May 29
Game 6 in Memphis: Friday, May 31
Game 7 in San Antonio: Sunday, June 2