In the last game before the All-Star break, the San Antonio Spurs will head to Grind City for a showdown against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Inter-division matchups often bring out the best and worst in teams. The familiarity and rapport that is built between teams competing four times a year is immensely important, especially when considering the playoff implications of these games. As the Memphis Grizzlies roll out a new lineup after an active trade deadline, the San Antonio Spurs need to capitalize on Memphis’ lack of chemistry.
Historically, the Spurs have used the Rodeo Road Trip to solidify their playoff seeding and secure their 50 wins for the year, but times have changed rapidly. For the second consecutive season, San Antonio is struggling to compete away from the AT&T Center.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 12
Time: 7:00 p.m. CST
Location: Memphis, TN
TV Info: FSSW-SA
Live Stream: FuboTV
Memphis has won three of its last four games including victories over New Orleans and Minnesota- two competitive teams that’ve given the Spurs trouble this year. This feels like the perfect setup for a trap game, especially considering San Antonio’s lack of depth at this point in time.
Bryn Forbes will have his hands full as he matches up with Mike Conley, the perennial All-Star that’s never made the team. Conley is averaging 20.1 points, 6.4 assists and 1.4 steals in roughly 34 minutes per contest. Although he’s been quiet offensively in his last two games, averaging just 13 points per game, Conley has continued to put teammates in a position to succeed.
San Antonio can steal a much-needed win in their last game before the break as long as Aldridge capitalizes on Marc Gasol’s absence.