The San Antonio Spurs are favored by 18.5 points for their game two matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies. Though heavily favored, there are still some keys to ensure victory.
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Vince Carter did the bulk of the scoring in the backcourt finishing with 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Defense needs to put pressure on the guards and force them to make bad decisions. Carter will get points for the Grizzlies. Spurs will need to take the ball out of his hands and not let him get comfortable. Grizzlies showed Sunday that they miss the play of their point guard Mike Conley. Jordan Farmar starting in his place finished with six points. Tony Parker did a good job on Farmar throughout the game.
Contain Zach RandolphAs was the key in game one, the Spurs will still have to go out and make sure they take the ball out of Z-Bo’s hands. Holding him to six points on 3-for-13 shooting from the floor, San Antonio did a phenomenal job taking him out of the game and making others beat them.
Free-Up Danny GreenGreen took just one shot from the floor in game one and though he did make his lone attempt, the Spurs cannot settle for that during the playoffs. Green has always been the type to work hard on the defensive end, he still can score and be a weapon on the offensive side. Spurs need to do a good job in setting screens for Green, getting him open to spot up.
Tony Parker’s PlayParker’s play ignited the Spurs in game one. It was a flash from the past. Parker really controlled the game well and got his teammates involved. He picked his spots and did not force anything down in the paint. When Parker is playing like he did Sunday, it feeds to others on the floor.