Game 3: Rebounding Will Be Key for Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs have control of the Western Conference Finals but to maintain their hold they must hit the boards harder.

The San Antonio Spurs have a 2-0 lead on the Memphis Grizzlies and are in command of the series. The next two games will be played in Memphis, something that Grizzly fans hope will revitalize their struggling team.  The Spurs on the other hand want to take their dominating show on the road, but to continue their winning trend that must improve the rebounding numbers from last game.

The Spurs were out-rebounded 60- 46 in Game 2 and almost gave the game away. The Grizzlies were able to grab 19 offensive rebounds that helped them claw back into the game, which should have been a blowout but went to overtime.

On the Grizzlies’ home court you can expect their effort on the boards to be even more potent than it was on the road in Game 2. So the Spurs need more from their front court players, who individually have pretty under-whelming rebounding numbers. Tim Duncan is doing his part by averaging almost ten rebounds for the series but after that it is a huge drop off. Spurs center

Tiago Splitter is averaging only two rebounds for the series so far, after averaging almost seven in the regular season. His back up Boris Diaw is only averaging a couple rebounds as well. Compare this to the Grizzlies frontline of Randolph/Gasol who combined is averaging about 23 rebounds between them a game.

The Spurs do have small forward Kawhi Leonard really helping out on the boards, but his numbers are slightly down as well. He was averaging about eight boards the first couple rounds of the playoffs and that number is now down to six.

The Spurs as a whole must keep the battle on the boards close if they’re going to steal a game or two in Memphis. Offensive rebounds lead to easy buckets and the Grizzlies' offense is thriving off of them. 

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