The Memphis Grizzlies have made a habit out of exploiting the biggest defensive flaws of the San Antonio Spurs. After setting the bar for points scored in the paint in game one of the season series with 66, they followed that up with 56 in a 129-112 thrashing of the Spurs on the road.
With the victory, Memphis now owns two of the top four paint performances against the Spurs all season. Despite being shorthanded due to various ailments and health protocols, the Grizzlies have been getting to the rim at will on the back of Ja Morant. As a result, they’ve been generating wide-open shots while also scoring inside: not exactly an ideal combination.
While Derrick White impressed in his return to the court Saturday, some usually reliable guys like DeMar DeRozan and Patty Mills couldn’t quite find their rhythm on the second night of a back-to-back. With a day of rest and plenty of adjustments to address, the Spurs can’t afford to fall into another early hole as they’ve done way too many times this season.
While LaMarcus Aldridge shot well from the field, keep an eye on how often the Grizzlies attack him on the pick and roll Monday — something they did frequently to great success in their win. San Antonio can’t be happy with their performance Saturday. This quick rematch is the perfect opportunity to show what they’re really made of after taking a punch.
Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming game.
How to watch the Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs
Location: AT&T Center – San Antonio, TXDate/Time: Monday, February 1st, 2021 @ 8:30 PM ETLocal/Streaming: FSSW (San Antonio), FSSE (Memphis)Radio: WOAI/KXTN (San Antonio), WMFS (Memphis)
San Antonio Spurs
Memphis Grizzlies (Per Rotoworld)
OUT: Killian Tillie (foot), Sean McDermott (shoulder), Grayson Allen (medical protocols), Jonas Valanciunas (COVID-19), Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee), Justise Winslow (hip), Jontay Porter (knee)
*Injury report will be updated here Monday afternoon.