Game 3 between the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies is tonight, and the series has been historically lopsided up to this point.
The Grizzlies have failed to crack 75 points in either game this series, setting a dubious NBA playoff mark for terrible offensive performance through the first 2 games.
The Spurs have showcased their NBA-best defense this series against a Grizzlies team that is reeling from the injuries to Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.
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Viewers can only speculate if Conley and Gasol’s presence would have made a significant difference to the outcomes of games 1 and 2, but it’s highly unlikely that the Grizzlies would have been held to such miniscule point totals with two star players occupying the court.
The Grizzlies have been struggling to find ways to put the ball in the basket. Zach Randolph has essentially been handcuffed by the interior defense of LaMarcus Aldridge.
Vince Carter looked great in game 1, but disappeared in game 2. Matt Barnes has been terrible shooting the ball so far this series, but Lance Stephenson has shown signs of life coming off the bench.
The Spurs need to limit the amount of turnovers they commit, but besides from that they appear to look at top form so far. Both the starters as well as the second unit have thoroughly outplayed whatever lineup Memphis puts out on the floor.
As the series moves to Memphis, the Spurs will have to shut down any momentum the Grizzlies try to generate early. They’re playing in front of their home fans, and that should serve as plenty motivation for the Grizzlies to not get utterly embarrassed for the 3rd game in a row.
The already shorthanded Grizzlies were dealt another big blow today, as power forward Jarell Martin has undergone surgery for his left foot. He’s officially been ruled out for the playoffs.
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