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.