- Created on Sunday, 19 May 2013 21:38
- Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 09:48
- Written by David Rountree
The San Antonio Spurs now have a one game lead on the Memphis Grizzlies, and they achieved this almost flawlessly. The Spurs shot the basketball horribly in their recent second round match-up with the Golden State Warriors, but now they have obviously shaken off the rust. The team made a franchise- record 14 three-point shots in the first game versus the Grizzlies, shooting a blazing 50%. The team was moving the ball well and finding the open man on almost every possession.
The Grizzlies on the other hand could not respond to the surge with good shooting of their own, only one player was able to make a three consistently for the team—Quincy Pondexter. He shot the ball well making five out of nine from the field, but he was the only threat from the outside the Spurs had to worry about. The Grizzlies as team are not good shooters from the outside, and it is something that with hurt them in this series. Already as a result of this, the Spurs were able to crowd the paint and thwart the efforts of the Grizzlies’ big men—particularly Zack Randolph.
The forward for the playoffs had been averaging about 19 ppg but finished the game with only two points. The Spurs were consistently disrupting the forward on the block. This was the key to the basketball game and the Grizzlies could not compete with their star struggling.
Look for the Spurs to continue the hot shooting because of the long-list of players they have who specialize in three-point shooting. The Spurs in Game 1 had at least three players hit three shots from behind the arc. Bonner, Leonard, and Green were shooting the ball quickly and with confidence. And even if those players eventually have a bad shooting night it leaves players like Neal and Ginobili available to pick up the slack for their team.
The hot shooting is also allowing Tony Parker to thrive in the paint and he isn’t hesitating to find an open shooter on the wing. The Grizzlies will have to pick their poison with the Spurs, either allow Parker to score on his own or continue to let the Spurs’ shooters to torch them up from outside.