Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Western Conference Finals, Game 2
May 19, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; General view of AT
After a dominant Game 1, the Spurs look to continue their hot shooting ways against the Grizzlies in Game 2.
The Spurs starting off this series with a 22 point win is definitely confusing, considering how evenly matched both teams are. The Grizzlies spent too much time on offense holding onto the ball, and trying to go one-on-one with the Spurs, while defensively, getting lost in the Spurs pick and rolls.
It’s not a guarantee that any of this continues. Memphis needs to make adjustments that don’t leave the Spurs shooters completely wide open or allow Tony Parker to drive into the lane at will. The Grizzlies also need to make sure to rotate the ball on offense, with the same precision the Spurs do.
But that’s easier said than done.
Zach Randolph’s 1-8 performance in the first game could and should be just an anomaly. The same goes for Duncan and Ginobili’s combined 14 points. What Game 2 will boil down to is who adjusts better. I know, I know. What great hard-hitting analysis. But if Memphis makes the proper adjustments, which they have proved they can do through these playoffs, this game will be much closer and the outcome could be different.
Gregg Popovich made the first move. If the Grizzlies plan on winning and stealing homecourt advantage, it’s up to Lionel Hollins to counter.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS
Point GuardsTony Parker – Mike ConleyShooting GuardsDaniel Green – Tony AllenSmall ForwardsKawhi Leonard – Tayshaun PrincePower ForwardsTim Duncan – Zach RandolphCentersTiago Splitter – Marc Gasol
Key Bench PlayersManu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, Cory Joseph – Jerryd Bayless, Quincy Pondexter, Darrell Arthur
Head CoachesGregg Popovich – Lionel Hollins
GAME AND BROADCAST INFORMATIONWhen: Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 8:00 P.M. CSTWhere: AT&T Center – San Antonio, TexasTelevision: ESPN (National) Radio: 1200 AM WOAI (Local)
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