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MANU AND-4 OPPORTUNITY
That's 3 blocks now for Danny Green to go with 2 steals after stuffing Randolph at the rim. Also wins ensuing jump ball.
Danny Green has three blocks, and just won a jump ball. Start him at center.
Manu knifes through the Grizzlies defense of the layup. Spurs down 10.
Randolph looking like the rolling ball of butcher knives we saw back in 2011 playoffs. Going right at his man in the post. 8/5.
Spurs' defense has also gotten better in this quarter - holding Grizz to just 16 points in the quarter. Remember, MEM played last night.
19-6 run for the Spurs now since their largest deficit at 44-21. Showing some life plus Memphis isn't white hot anymore.
Spurs get this sucker within 10, 50-40 with a minute left in the first half. So, yeah, those seven missed foul shots are looming large.
Beli drive to the rim, 10 point game with 57.1 seconds left before half. Remember, the Spurs were down 23 in this quarter.
12 point game after the Spurs get the block and Manu gets the open dunk,
Manu Ginobili dunked.
It's just the first half, but Tim Duncan already has 11 points and nine rebounds.
Tim Duncan is visiting the free throw line for the 8th and 9th time this half. Only problem is he's just made 3 of his free throws. 11 pts
If this game were closer, this complete meltdown from the foul line might be more noticeable
Vince Carter missed.
I know Kawhi Leonard is the Spurs' best defender ... but still shocked at how thoroughly Spurs' team D has broken down tonight.
2:52 left before half, Spurs have cut Grizzlies' 23 point lead down to 13. SA up in 2Q scoring 16-14.
Run is now 14-4, Spurs within 13.
Beli nails the transition three. Baynes throws up the three sign, Ayres rubs his own belly. 14 point game.
10-2 run for Los Spurs, cutting 23-point deficit down to 15 with 4:18 left in the 2nd Q.
Spurs on a 5-0 run, it's a 15 point game with 4:47 left before half.
Game ops plays "California Love" as Kyle Anderson drives, except he's from New York, and he misses.
Spurs finally showing some life with 10 points in last five trips. Still down by 17.
Honestly ... go back and look at the starting lineups for both teams and tell me how this outcome is at all shocking.
Coach Joerger calls timeout after the Anderson and-1. Grizz up 18. Anderson was very successful the other night vs. POR in post.
And Kyle Anderson gets the loudest applause of the game so far - just took Conley in the post for the and-1 opp.
Kyle Anderson sags way off Courtney Lee, Conley penetrates the lane then finds Lee open in the corner. Grizz up 23.
Memphis' biggest problem in series vs. Spurs has been scoring. Grizzlies on pace for about a billion points tonight, give or take.
Grizzlies by 23
Spurs get a high percentage shot out of the timeout. Cojo to Duncan up high, where Duncan finds Diaw under the rim for the high-low.
Exclusive footage from the Spurs' second quarter http://t.co/C8gq9ipw9d
Summing up the game so far: McDonald is searching Google images for the best disaster picture he can find.
FG% - Spurs 30.4, Grizzlies 57.1; Rebs: Spurs 10, Grizzlies 17; Assists: Spurs 3, Grizzlies 12; TOs: Spurs 5, Grizzlies 2. And so on...
Meanwhile the Grizzlies have cooled down a bit, just shooting 57%. SA though with 5 turnovers. Carter 13 points.
Pop calls timeout. Grizzlies start 2Q with 5-0 run, lead 39-19. SA can only run the 2005 offense (4-Down into Duncan) right now.
Carter has made 8 of 11 3-pointers in past 5 1/2 quarters.
Grizzlies now up 20, outplaying the Spurs in every possible facet.
Vince Carter is channeling his inner Ray Allen. Now 4 for 4 on 3s in 10 mins.
This could be a problem. The Spurs kick off the 2Q with 3 turnovers. Carter now 4/4 from three. Memphis by 18
Kyle Anderson? Anderson just blocked Pondexter's putback. Most athletic play I've seen him make 25 games in.
Duncan with 8 points on 3 for 5. Everybody else has 11 on 4 for 16.
Pop's bringing Anderson back out with Cojo, Bonner, Duncan and Green. Duncan again, is best offensive option here who can create
Both teams scored 10 points in the paint in the 1st, but MEM is htting all their outside shots: http://t.co/8Nh6fmzMlN
End of 1, Memphis already up 34-19. Bad things will happen when your opponent shoots like this: http://t.co/dFomQdftyX
1Q: Spurs 19, Grizzlies 34. MEM shoots 70% in 1Q, SA just 33%. Duncan 8 points, Carter 10 points. Grizz were 4/5 from 3PT, Carter 3/3.
Tonight's nightly Swaggy P impression will be performed by Vince Carter.
10 first quarter points for Vinsanity. Another three for him. Spurs down 17.
16 point game here in San Antonio, with the Spurs trailing. Duncan with the and-1 attempt.
Without Parker and Kawhi, Spurs are having a tough time penetrating the paint, only relying on outside passing, which Grizz cover well.
Ginobili said next 2-3 weeks is simply about survival. Tonight is a case example, already getting buried 29-15 by Memphis.
Vince Carter's feeling it, just nailed a transition three. He's got 7 points, Grizz up 14.
I wonder what else is on.
Grizzlies run the elevator for Carter out of the timeout, Marco got buried by the screens. Carter makes the open three.
Spurs have had success last few years pushing pace on Grizzlies. Hard to do that when you don't get stops.
Koufos misses from close range, and Memphis' FG% plummets to 69.2.
Manu to Diaw, Diaw Tiago contested made layup. Spurs cut Grizzlies lead to 6 again. SA shooting 33%, MEM 69%.
Duncan is going to returning with 3:00 left in the 1Q.
But then Pondexter gets a basket quickly on the other end, Memphis now shooting 73% from the floor.
With 4 seconds left on the shot clock, Manu gets a three off a screen to go in, Spurs cut Grizzlies one time 11 point lead to 6.
I can't really explain why Memphis is up in this game. Maybe it's because they are shooting 75% and the Spurs are shooting 20%.
Manu did confirm at shootaround, he went with the 1 for his latest trim. Only place to go from there is the full Jordan.
6:00 minutes left in the 1Q, Grizzlies are off to a 14-6 lead. SA shooting 2/10, that MEM defense has forced difficult shots.
A lady screamed when Cory Joseph caught the ball. That's probably a more appropriate response for Jeff Ayres though.
Timeout Spurs, trailing 14-6 after Lee's baseline J exactly 6 minutes into game. Not used to seeing Memphis score so effortlessly.
NOW Duncan sits. 4 pts, 3 rebs in 5 mins.
Tiago Splitter is about to check in.
Grizzlies are running 4-Down for Zbo, to make sure spacing is better & no SA players swipe. Also, Duncan drew foul running into Carter.
Wait, thought Boris was coming in for Tim. Duncan remains.
Duncan lobbied to stay in but Pop put the kibosh on that. Enter the Bobo.
Duncan draws his second foul of the quarter, in comes Manu and Diaw. Spurs need some offense.
Two early fouls on Duncan, which for the short-handed Spurs is the opposite of "good."
There's Duncan's 2nd foul, barely 4 mins in. No bueno with no Parker, Leonard.
Home sweet home http://t.co/mHUyOnuimO
(I am 100 percent totally trolling now)
Gasol and Duncan going at each other, just like in practice next season.
Memphis playing early like they've had enough of this "always losing to the Spurs" stuff
Zbo with 4 points now, hit another mid-range jumper over Bonner. Coach Joerger said Grizz would get ball moving for better Zbo shots.
Randolph starts 2 for 2, and that's a terrible omen after basically no-showing against the Spurs for three-plus years.
This one's going a little better for Memphis to start.
Duncan and Gasol are just in phenomenal shape. What specimens.
With this lineup, Tim Duncan is the Spurs' best scoring option. He draws the foul on Gasol 2 minutes in for free throws.
Grizzlies off the the 6-0 start, both mid-range jumpers made by Zbo and Gasol. SA 0/2 to start. Lee also with jumper.
Conley's beard is even worse in person.
Grizzlies: Conley, Lee, Pondexter, Randolph, Gasol.
Spurs: Joseph, Green, KYLE ANDERSON, Duncan, Bonner.* * -- Grizzlies still opting to start Zach Randolph, for some reason
So, not an optimal time to be without key players
Pop: These are Spurs two toughest months, this is the toughest of the two, and these are the toughest two weeks of the toughest month.
Looks like Kyle Anderson will start in place of Kawhi Leonard once more. Quincy Pondexter to start in place of Tony Allen. (From monitor)
Spurs v Grizzlies 830pm eastern...tune in
Patty Mills (shoulder) has graduated to contact work, went through entire shootaround today. Still looking at January return, per Pop.
Popovich said Mills is still looking at mid-January return. Making steady progress, starting to participate in shootarounds w/ mild contact.
Probably doesn't want to piss off Bonner.
Started back-tracking pretty quick after that...
Joerger on local TV about how Spurs have been able to contain Randolph over the past three plus seasons: "They beat him up."