May 19, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guards Manu Ginobili (20) and Gary Neal (24) fight for a rebound against Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) in game one of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT
Game three of the Western Conference Finals kicks off in a few hours and as we have done, we would like to take the time to discuss a few keys that the San Antonio Spurs must do in order to win against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx forum. We have looked back at game two and have picked apart areas in which Spurs need to focus more on or continue too.
Keep Moving The Ball. During the first two games of this series, the San Antonio Spurs have gone back to what makes them a lethal team, ball movement. They have 57 assists on 76 field goals, a good sign as the ball is moving like it should. Towards the end of game two, the ball movement seemed to have taken a back seat as it stopped, completely. This may be due to fatigue settling in for the team, but as many see and notice, once the ball movement stops, this team does not do well.
Contributions From All. Spurs had a 2 games to zero lead on the Oklahoma City Thunder, we knew how that series ended. The Spurs are going to be depending on their role players as they have the first two games to get the job done. Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Matt Bonner have produced at a high level. With an atmosphere as the FedEx Forum is, the supporting players will need to step up to the challenge and give this a total team effort in defeating the Grizzlies in game three.
No Second Chance Points. This is what the Memphis Grizzlies live by. There philosophy is throw the ball up towards the rim and let Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol grab offensive boards and get their put backs. San Antonio has to be sure they are doing their jobs in keeping these two off of the boards. Any little thing in game three will get the crowd into the game and surely will pump up the players more. In game two, Memphis were +15 on the offensive glass. An area that Gregg Popovich surely addressed in practice this week.