'It's unfortunate that I've got a guy like Mike Conley, who in his whole career's got zero technical fouls.
San Antonio led 74-64 with 1:53 to play in the third quarter but closed the quarter on a 10-0 run and added the first nine points of the fourth quarter to build a 93-64 advantage.
After getting free throwed nearly into submission, Grizzlies battle back from 26 down to cut Spurs lead to 4 with time running out. The San Antonio Spurs have split their last eight road games. Over the first six minutes of the period they managed to hold the Spurs to just five points.
But will it go down as an all-time great?
After squeaking out the opener by a point, LeBron James and Co. showed more intensity on defense, more swagger in general and won their 10th straight first-round game over the past three seasons. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game. He defended his players and called out a seemingly wonky game by the officials.
Memphis is searching for answers after allowing San Antonio to be the aggressor over the final three quarters. He's scored 69 points on only 28 field goal attempts. But they're not gonna rook us. It's the playoffs, it's not going to be easy.
The number on the whiteboard in the Spurs locker room now reads 14. The Grizzlies ramped up their defensive pressure, and David Fizdale's lineup change that put Zach Randolph with the starters worked. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. I thought Mike missed some chippies in there in the paint. They doubled him in the paint - he pump faked and had his defenders bite to extend the Spurs lead in the fourth quarter.
Those numbers only got bigger in the second half, as the Grizzlies shot 35 times in the paint but only took 15 free throws, while the Spurs shot 18 times in the paint yet took 32 free throws. Memphis tried to play physical coming off of screens and on drive - but Leonard drew fouls around the basket. Without Tony Allen, the Grizz have had to try to guard Kawhi with a number of people that simply aren't equipped for the task. Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team. One wonders whether he should play Selden's minutes and see if he can get it going at some point. We had 15 free throws for the game. "Memphis is a physical team throwing a lot of bodies at me". IN is 0-9 when dropping the first two games in a series.
You just had your Jim Mora moment in your very first season as a head coach.
Is Kawhi getting the benefit of the doubt with whistles?