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Monday, May 20
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From Elias: Only four teams in NBA history have lost Game 1 of a Conference Finals by 22-plus points and went on to win the series.
Trying to come up with a catchy nickname for these a.m. links dumps. Leaning towards "The Morning Constitutional."
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Tony Parker has probably been Spurs' best playoff performer ... but part of me wants to say Kawhi Leonard. Guy has been a flat-out stud.
I think it would be foolish to assume there is another game quite like Game 1 this series. Spurs saying all the right things afterward.
Often, blowouts don't tend to carry over at this stage of the playoffs. Spurs will need to play well again (obviously) to go up 2-0.
Which is shocking, because Grizzlies don't often give them up.
The Spurs' 14 made 3-pointers was a stunning number. So was the 29 attempts. Not many were contested. They manufactured TONS of open looks.
Meanwhile, Tim Duncan scored six points. It's the third-lowest point total in a playoff win of his career.
Duncan on Z-Bo: "We knew coming in what he wanted to do. So far, what we game-planned worked pretty well.".
Duncan indicated defensive game-plan on Randolph was two years in the making, dating to 2011 playoff series.
Tim Duncan, on Spurs' Game 1 rout: "That's about as good as it could go." Yep.
Lets Go Pens!!✔
S E V E N E V E S
Game 1 in the books. Spurs 105, Memphis 83. Spurs take 1-0 lead. Pop is going to be insufferable for the next two days.
Jon Leuer with as many points as Zach Randolph.
That's the most 3s Memphis has given up in a game this season. Fourteen.
Totally classless of Pop to run up the score by leaving Matt Bonner in.
Z-bo takes a seat with 5:14 left; he's 1-8 FG, 2 pts., y7 RB
Tracy McGrady and Tim Duncan are the dream team of mop-up guys.
T-Mac. Former NBA scoring champion. Playoff victory cigar.
... Note to Grizzlies: The whole, "flop in Game 1, then recover to win series" thing is a less viable option as the rounds move along.
I expect the rest of the series to be a possession-by-possession bloodfest, but ...
9:26, Z-Bo with first basket of the Western Conference finals. Those of who who had the under win.
Coming out of quarter break, Grizzlies apparently run something that's news to Lionel Hollins, who slams scorer's table in frustration.
Huge, huge, huge quarter close for Spurs. After lead cut to six, an 11-1 run. Lead up to 73-57 heading to 4Q.
Either that, or 20 years from now Spurs fans will be referring to this as "The Matt Bonner Game."
Although I guess this isn't small. Arthur's in. So never mind.
Z-Bo playing like utter dog droppings at least allows Memphis to go small vs. Bonner lineup w/o feeling bad about it.
Feels like Spurs are still going to need their stars (ahem, Duncan) to play like stars in order to finish this one off.
You can feel the tension in the SA crowd at ATT
Spurs fans have to hope, 20 years from now, they're not referring to the as "The Quincy Pondexter Game." Spurs lead down to 62-56.
Quincy Pondexter happened quickly.
Here's a fun stat: All this, and Tim Duncan has four points, is 2 of 7.
Anybody want to ring Zach Randolph's room and let him know the Western Conference finals have started?
You can't put Allen on Parker if Mike Conley is going to totally forget he's supposed to be guarding Danny Green.
That didn't look like an accidental trip. But Tony Allen helped up Tony Parker and smiled, so we're all good I guess.
Also worth reminding some of you giddy yahoos: A 14-point lead at halftime of an NBA playoff game is totally surmountable.
Quick prediction: Spurs will win every single half Matt Bonner outscores Zach Randolph 9-0.
Spurs lead 51-37 heading into second half.
After that Manu call at the end of 1Q, Spurs have lost all right to complain about calls. Seems like they're some tough whistles now.
Nearly two full quarters in the books, and Zach Randolph is scoreless.
Pop called a 20-second to get on Duncan's butt. Probably going to bench him again if he doesn't shape up.
This is going way back, but Ed Davis used to give the Spurs a little bit of trouble back in his Toronto days.
So far, Tony Parker has been the best player on the floor. Spurs awfully tough to beat whenever that is the case.
Grizzlies are playing pretty hard, for a team that walked to the arena this morning, then played extra 48 minutes before tip. So, not very.
"Thank goodness, Tim Duncan in for Matt Bonner." -- Z-Bo, probably.
Fans behind me insist on telling Marc Gasol "you're the best brother" after every timeout. I mean, how's he supposed to feel about that?
I'm assuming Memphis will get some things together a make a game of this eventually. Right?
The Red Rodman, out-muscling Z-Bo.
And here's Parker.
It's a mostly starting Memphis unit against Spurs' subs. We'll see how long this keeps up.
Joseph with offensive tap-ins now. Spurs are playing harder in addition to better.
Pop has often called big first-half leads his worst nightmare. He might as well be coaching in his underwear right now.
Grizzlies have been pretty good this season mounting comebacks. But not all that good at scoring. Interested to see how this plays out.
Hard to imagine how that quarter could have gone better for the Spurs'. Lead up to 31-14.
Dumb foul by Arthur, even if it wasn't a foul at all and no way in the act of shooting.
And Matt Bonner is re-enacting the 3-point shootout against them. Wiiiiide open.
Memphis, we'll remind, was second in the league in the regular season at defending the 3-point line.
Gary Neal gets, I think, the first block-charge of his career. They should stop the game and give him the ball.
double-figure lead allows Pop to sub out Duncan with 3 min. left in 1st; vs. Dubs he was going full 1st quarter
first 'run' of game for Griz, back to back baskets
There were entire quarters in Spurs-Griz 2011 series when Spurs didn't score 18; they've got 18 with 6:27 left in 1st today
Spurs open 7 of 8. If they can keep up this percentage, they can probably win the series.
Spurs up 12 points midway through 1Q. You know Pop hates that.
7:21 left in the 1Q, Spurs finally go a possession without scoring.
Spurs have gotten two open/semi-open 3-point looks in first three possessions. Going to be key in the series.
Spurs v Grizzlies 330pm eastern...ABC tune in
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