The San Antonio Spurs in their first two games have shown exactly why they are the best defensive team in the NBA. With an average margin of victory at 29, Grizzlies have their backs against the wall.
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If there is anything that is an area for improvement it is taking care of the ball. In game two, the Spurs committed 19 turnovers. Granted only seven were from the starters, but it is still a team game and the Spurs know they need to execute and be more polished. It is alarming to turn the ball over as many times as San Antonio did, but on the plus side, the Grizzlies could not capitalize.
Start Strong On The RoadThough all the pressure is heavily on the Grizzlies as they return home to the Fed Ex Forum for games 3 and 4, San Antonio needs to make sure not to let the crowd in the game and start off strong. It all comes down to poise. Pick your spots, trust each other. What has helped the Spurs through the first two games is not only defense but how they have been ending and starting quarters. Play Spurs basketball.
Torture Chamber On Zach RandolphSan Antonio has done a great job on holding down Randolph. All credit should go to LaMarcus Aldridge as he has been the thorn in the side for Randolph. Over the last two games, Randolph is averaging 8.5 points on 26.7 percent shooting in the series. You better believe the Grizzlies will do what they can to get him more touches as he is the lone offensive threat, outside of Vince Carter.
Spurs’ Bench Out-performing Grizzlies’ StartersThis series has had a lot of areas to point out for the success of the Spurs, but one thing is clear: this team does not miss a beat once their reserves come in. It is a well-oiled machine. San Antonio reserves are outscoring the Grizzlies’ starters by an average of 50-34.
Game 3 can be seen live on ESPN at 9:30 PM Eastern. Fans in San Antonio can catch the local broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest.