San Antonio Spurs: Takeaways from Win Versus Grizzlies

By George Middleton

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On Friday night, the San Antonio Spurs (14-5) beat the Memphis Grizzlies (15-4) at the FedExForum.

It was the Grizzlies first home loss of the season. Tim Duncan had a triple double, making him the second-oldest player in NBA history to record one (Karl Malone). Duncan finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Below are the biggest takeaways from the contest.

-Balanced Scoring Attack

While no one had a huge game offensively for the Spurs, there was terrific balance. This was key as it is incredibly rare for a player to single handedly beat Memphis. The Spurs had seven players finish with at least nine points. Manu Ginobili led the Spurs in scoring with 17 points off the bench (5-5 threes). Danny Green finished with 16 points (3-5 threes).

Tony Parker Injured

Tony Parker was playing well as he had 14 points on 6-11 from the field before getting injured in the third quarter. Parker left the game with a left hamstring strain. It is unlikely that Parker suits up for Saturday’s contest against Minnesota.

-Hot Shooting

Going into the game I said the Spurs must hit at least seven threes to have a good chance of winning and the Spurs did more than that. The Spurs double that on Friday going 14-25 (56%). Ginobili made all five of his threes and Green went 3-5. Matt Bonner went 3-6 from three. Overall the Spurs 48% from the field.

-Terrific Bench Play

The Spurs bench play was outstanding. They combined for 45 points on 16-34 from the field. The only player that struggled on offense off the bench was Marco Belinelli, as he went 2-9 from the field, but they were both threes. Cory Joseph had 12 points and did well after Parker exited the game. The Grizzlies bench combined for 28 points, mainly because Tayshaun Prince had 20.