For the second time in five days, the San Antonio Spurs will take on the Memphis Grizzlies – this time on the road.
With the season series split one-to-one, the San Antonio Spurs will visit the Memphis Grizzlies for the first time this season. In spite of a rough night for shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, the Spurs managed to defeat the Grizz 108-88 two games ago. This served as the first time that Derrick White led the team in scoring, posting 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor.
Things very likely won’t be as easy for White the second time around with natural born Spur-killer Mike Conley defending his home court against the sophomore combo guard. More than anything, this will serve as another learning experience for the budding star of the Alamo City. Head coach Gregg Popovich will rely on White to step up to the occasion and stop Conley from carrying his team.
Meanwhile, All-Star bigs Marc Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge are slated to do battle once again on the low block. This season has served as a renaissance for Gasol, who has been freed to fire away from three-point land by head coach J.B. Bickerstaff.
Luckily for Aldridge, the Spurs meet Gasol and the Grizzlies in the middle of a rough stretch on both ends of the floor. Memphis has lost six in a row and 13 of its last 16 games, the complete inverse of San Antonio’s 13-3 run.
Viewing details for the game are below:
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 9
Time: 7:00 p.m. CST
Location: Memphis, TN
TV Info: FSSW-SA
Live Stream: FuboTV
This could be a trap game for the Spurs, who’ve run like a well-oiled machine since the start of December. To keep the hot streak alive, San Antonio needs to come out of the gates strong with hardened physicality and high-octane offense from the jump. Memphis has had a rough time playing from behind, so a strong first half could seal the game for San Antonio.
Divisional matchups are always more intense than they may seem ahead of time and Bickerstaff has already seen the Spurs up close twice this year, so San Antonio needs to bring its A-Game.
A loss against the reeling Grizzlies would hurt playoff positioning ahead of a tough home-and-home series against Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder.