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San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies: Player Game Grades

Apr 19, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; Memphis Grizzlies point guard Xavier Munford (14, front) dribbles the ball as San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills (8, behind) defends in game two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 19, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; Memphis Grizzlies point guard Xavier Munford (14, front) dribbles the ball as San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills (8, behind) defends in game two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Antonio Spurs are looking like a well-oiled machine after another blowout win in game two of the Western Conference Playoffs.

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The Good: Spurs continue their tormenting defense against the Grizzlies. San Antonio held Memphis to 68 points Tuesday on 32-percent shooting from the floor. The defense forced the Grizzlies to force shots that they normally do not take. When you can keep them away from the basket and make them beat you from the perimeter and they fail to make baskets, it is a win for any team. Zach Randolph continues to feel the pressure as he was held to 11 points, four better than the seven he had on Sunday. Offensively, the Spurs were magnificent. Spurs shot 47-percent from the floor.

The difference of the game would have to be the play of their bench and shooting from the 3. Spurs were 9-for-17 (52.9-percent), while the Grizzlies 2-for-14 (14.3-percent). Patty Mills led the Spurs onslaught with 16 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the floor (4-for-6 3PT). Kawhi Leonard, on the night he received his second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year Award, finished with 13 points and two steals.

The Bad: If there is a place that the Spurs need work in it is taking care of the ball. In game one the Spurs had 12 turnovers and in game two had 17. There are times when San Antonio does over-pass and not take the open shot. Case in point: in the fourth quarter Tim Duncan received a pass from Kyle Anderson and had a wide-open layup. Duncan in turn tipped the pass to West which was knocked out of bounds.

X-Factor: Patty Mills. Through two games in the series, Mills has scored 15 and 16 points. In both games, the team fed off of his energy. Mills comes in each game ready to go, playing hard on both ends of the floor. He is playing with a load of confidence right now and the players see that.

PG. San Antonio Spurs. TONY PARKER. A-. 6 points (3-for-9 FG), 4 assists — Though he didn’t match his scoring output of 15 in game one, Parker still had a good game 2. He facilitated the game more Tuesday than on Sunday. In game one Parker was more aggressive on the offensive end. Game two he was more in-line with getting this team involved.

SG. San Antonio Spurs. DANNY GREEN. B+. 6 points (2-for-6 FG), 2 assists, 5 rebounds — Everyone wanted to see Green shoot the ball more. Well he did, and managed to score six points on the night. All of his field goals came by way of the 3-point line. What Green has done so well in this series thus far is defense. His intensity on the defensive end in game two helped the Spurs hold the Grizzlies to under 70 points. At this point in the season, when Green contributes on the offensive end that will be a plus.

A. 13 points (4-for-10 FG), 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block — On the night where he received his second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award, Leonard had a quite night on the scoreboard, scoring 13. He did excel on the defensive end as he has all year, duh right? Leonard helped hold Carter to four points on the night, while in game one he had 16. On a night where he did not shot the ball well, Leonard still had a huge hand in this game, get it?. SF. San Antonio Spurs. KAWHI LEONARD

A. 10 points (5-for-11 FG), 8 rebounds, 4 blocks — Dominating on the defensive end of the floor. Aldridge did an excellent job on the Grizzlies’ bigs, especially on Randolph. Aldridge has helped hold Randolph to 11 points on 5-for-17 shooting from the floor. What Aldridge is doing so well down on the block is staying grounded. Not falling for pump fakes and making it tough for Randolph to get an easy look at the basket.. PF. San Antonio Spurs. LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE

TIM DUNCAN. A. 3 points (0-for-1 FG), 4 assists, 9 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal — The Spurs are not looking for Duncan to score 20+ points a game in this series. He had seven in game one and just three in game two. Duncan has contributed in other areas on the floor and it showed on Tuesday night. Duncan is such a great passing big man and the team always gets in the right spots to receive those passes from Duncan. He also grabbed nine rebounds in the blowout.. C. San Antonio Spurs

A+. 56 points, 9 assists, 18 rebounds, 4 blocks — Mills has been huge for the Spurs and the second unit. In two games Mills looks as confident as ever shooting the ball. On Tuesday he was 5-for-8 from the floor, which includes hitting four from beyond the arc. Manu Ginobili added eight points as he is back to playoff form. Kevin Martin scored 10 on 3-for-4 shooting. The San Antonio bench outscored Memphis 56 to 32.. Bench. San Antonio Spurs. SECOND UNIT

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