San Antonio Spurs: Player Grades in Loss to Memphis Grizzlies


The San Antonio Spurs will finish this December as their first losing December with Tim Duncan on the team following their 95-87 road loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.

With Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard listed as out for the game, San Antonio faced an uphill battle, one they ultimately could not win.

The Spurs offense sputtered in the game, evident by the team nearly committing the same number of turnovers as assists, 16 turnovers to 17 assists.

Although all looked bad for San Antonio, there were a couple of bright spots. Cory Joseph and Marco Belinelli played well for the Spurs each contributing 18 points in their starts.

However, it was all about the Mike Conley show in this game as the Grizzlies point guard had himself a night, 30 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.

Now that the game is over, we have post-game grades for key Spurs players in the San Antonio Memphis game!

Check out our player grades below!

San Antonio Spurs. CORY JOSEPH. B+. As good as Cory Joseph was on the offensive end, he was equally as bad on the defensive end. Joseph helped to give the Spurs a chance late, finishing with 18 points, three rebounds, and three assists. His defense was atrocious, however, as failed to defend Mike Conley, allowing the Grizzlies point guard to go off for 30 points. Joseph also had turnover issues for the second straight game. This time it was worse though with Joseph committing more turnovers, four, than assists, three. Still, not a bad effort filling in for Tony Parker.. PG

A. Marco Belinelli played one of his better games of the season on Tuesday night against Memphis. The Italian swingman went for 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting while also pulling down four rebounds. Belinelli was also good from deep, 4-of-7 from long-range, His defense was there as well, forcing the Grizzlies two-guards into poor shooting nights. The only thing Belinelli could have done better is in the passing department where he only recorded one assist. Not a great number for starting guard.. SG. San Antonio Spurs. MARCO BELINELLI

C-. After <a title=. SF. San Antonio Spurs. DANNY GREEN

C. It was not Tim Duncan’s best game on Tuesday night against the Grizzlies, but, it definitely was not his worst game. Duncan played alright, nearly missing a double-double with his nine points and 10 rebounds. Although he only recorded one steal and zero blocks in this one, Duncan actually played decent on defense, not too bad, not too good. Like Green, Duncan will need to provide steady offense for San Antonio while Parker and Leonard are out. If not, the Spurs could be in for another rough few games.. PF. San Antonio Spurs. TIM DUNCAN

San Antonio Spurs. TIAGO SPLITTER. C+. Tiago Splitter started once again for the Spurs on Tuesday night. The good news was that his numbers were better than those against Houston. The bad news is his numbers against the Grizzlies were not that much better. Splitter played okay at Memphis, scoring six points and coming up with four rebounds. His defense was also pretty good, two steals and block. The only reason Splitter does not get a better grade here is that his defensive numbers did not really translate into struggles for the Grizzlies big men. Still, it looks like slowly, Splitter is getting back to being the player he was.. C

C-. While the box score may show different, it was a struggle for the San Antonio Spurs bench in this one. The three reserves to finish with the highest minutes off the bench, Manu Ginobili, Matt Bonner, and Patty Mills, were flat out awful, combining to shoot 6-of-19 from the field. Additionally, head coach Gregg Popovich decided to send out Austin Daye in this one, which if you have been following the Spurs all season, know that sending out Daye basically means San Antonio is done for the night. The Spurs bench tied the Grizzlies in points 29, but, anyone watching could see San Antonio’s reserves just did not have it tonight.. . . SAN ANTONIO SPURS BENCH

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