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Game #6: Memphis Grizzlies 99, San Antonio Spurs 91

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Saturday 30 April 2011 at 8:47 am

The Spurs were outrebounded 43-32 last night and they didn’t play much D as the Grizzlies shot 52.1% from the floor and that’s what did them in. Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs last night with 23 points, 1 rebound and 4 assists. Manu Ginobili (16 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals) and Tim Duncan (12 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocked shots) also had solid games for the Spurs last night, at least offensively. Antonio McDyess got the call at center and he responded with 10 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in 26 minutes on the floor. So, the Spurs season has ended with the thud as the Grizzlies beat them 4-2.

Game #5: San Antonio Spurs 110, Memphis Grizzlies 103 in O.T.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Thursday 28 April 2011 at 7:31 am

Things were looking bad for the Spurs who were down 3 points with only 1.7 seconds left in the 4th quarter. That’s when the magic came into the building when Manu Ginobili inbounded the ball to rookie guard Gary Neal, who hit the game-tying shot to send the game into overtime where the Spurs outscored the Grizzlies 13-6. Manu Ginobili led the way for the Spurs last night with 33 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Tony Parker (24 points, 2 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot) and Tim Duncan (13 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot) also had solid games for the Spurs last night. George Hill (12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists) and Gary Neal (7 points and 1 rebound in 10 minutes) also helped out, off the bench. The Spurs are down 3-2 in this series but last night’s game could really hurt the Grizzlies’ psyche.

Game #4: Memphis Grizzlies 104, San Antonio Spurs 86

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Tuesday 26 April 2011 at 7:44 am

The Spurs got blasted last night in Memphis and they are now officially on the ropes in this series. The Grizzlies shot 50.6% from the floor and they outscored the Spurs 56-36 in the 2nd half…which explains the loss! Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs last night with 23 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Manu Ginobili only shot 5 of 13 from the floor last night as he finished up with 14 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Gary Neal (11 points), Tiago Splitter (10 points) and George Hill (10 points) also pitched in for the Spurs. The Spurs are now down 3-1 in this series as they are now in full desperation mode.

Game #3: Memphis Grizzlies 91, San Antonio Spurs 88

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Sunday 24 April 2011 at 7:39 pm

The Spurs outrebounded the Grizzlies 48-37 yesterday but it still wasn’t enough to win in Memphis. Manu Ginobili led the way for the Spurs in this game with 23 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocked shots. Tony Parker (16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals) and Tim Duncan (13 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocked shots) also had solid games for the Spurs yesterday. George Hill pitched in with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 blocked shot. The Spurs are now down 2-1 in this series against the Grizzlies, which makes Game #4 a “must win” one for the Spurs.

Game #2: San Antonio Spurs 93, Memphis Grizzlies 87

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Thursday 21 April 2011 at 10:03 am

The Spurs turned up the D last night as they held the Grizzlies to 39.8% shooting from the floor, which was the big reason for the win. Manu Ginobili not only played last night but he led the way for the Spurs with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 1 blocked shot. Tim Duncan also had a big game with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal and 3 blocked shots last night. George Hill (16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals), Richard Jefferson (16 points and 4 rebounds) and Tony Parker (12 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot) also pitched in for the Spurs last night. The Spurs have tied up this series at 1 game apiece as it now shifts to Memphis for the weekend.

Game #1: Memphis Grizzlies 101, San Antonio Spurs 98

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Monday 18 April 2011 at 11:01 am

The Spurs didn’t play ANY D as the Grizzlies shot 55.2% from the floor. The Grizzlies outscored the Spurs 31-24 in the 4th quarter to beat them. Tony Parker (20 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists and 3 steals) and Tim Duncan (16 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocked shots) led the way for the Spurs yesterday. George Hill got the start in place of an injured Manu Ginobili and he had a solid game with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Richard Jefferson (13 points), Matt Bonner (12 points) and Gary Neal (10 points) also pitched in for the Spurs yesterday. The Spurs need to right the ship soon as they are down 1-0 to the Grizzlies in this series.

#1 San Antonio Spurs (61-21) vs. #8 Memphis Grizzlies (46-36)

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Saturday 16 April 2011 at 10:47 am

The Grizzlies come into this series pretty confident as this is the first time they have been to the playoffs since the 2005-06 season and they are 0-12. The Spurs are veterans of these kinds of wars. Here’s a look at the matchups in this series:

POINT GUARD: Mike Conley really broke out for the Grizzlies this year. He played in 81 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 35.5 minutes, 13.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Conley is in a good matchup as he and Tony Parker are very similar.

Tony Parker is going to have to step up for the Spurs in this series if they are going to win it. Parker played in 78 games (all starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 32.4 minutes, 17.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. With Ginobili hurting the Spurs are going to need Parker to look for his own shot more than usual.

EDGE: SLIGHT FOR SPURS

SHOOTING GUARD: Tony Allen has really played solid basketball for the Grizzlies this year. He played in 72 games (31 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 20.8 minutes, 8.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Allen is bigger than any guard the Spurs can put on him, so he might have a really good series.

Manu Ginobili is hurting but I still think that he’s going to gut it out and play. He played in 80 games (79 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 30.3 minutes, 17.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game. The Spurs will have a hard time winning this series if Ginobili can’t give it a go.

EDGE: SPURS

SMALL FORWARD: Sam Young will likely get the call at small forward for the Grizzlies in this series. Young played in 78 games (46 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 20.2 minutes, 7.3 rebounds, 2.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. Young will need to step up in this series for the Grizzlies.

Richard Jefferson will likely be asked to do more offensively in this series if Manu Ginobili can’t go. Jefferson played in 81 games (all starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 30.4 minutes, 11.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. I think he’s going to step up.

EDGE: SLIGHT FOR SPURS

POWER FORWARD: Zach Randolph has really turned into a beast since coming over to the Grizzlies as he is the go-to man. Randolph played in 75 games (74 starts) for the Grizzlies this season and he averaged 36.3 minutes, 20.1 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. If Randolph outplays Tim Duncan, the Grizzlies are going to have a great chance of winning this series.

The Spurs tried to limit Tim Duncan’s minutes during the season to save him for the playoffs. Duncan played in 76 games (all starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 28.4 minutes, 13.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 blocked shots per game. I think the Spurs are down watching minutes with Duncan due to all of the days off in the playoffs, so look out!

EDGE: EVEN

CENTER: Marc Gasol has turned into a pretty good basketball player as he’s no longer in his brother’s shadow (Pau Gasol of the Lakers). Gasol played in 81 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 31.9 minutes, 11.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.7 blocked shots per game. The Grizzlies don’t have a legit backup center so Gasol is going to have to log big minutes in this series.

Antonio McDyess will likely get the call at center in this series. He played in 73 games (16 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 19.0 minutes, 5.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. His main job will be to battle Gasol for every rebound while playing solid defense.

EDGE: GRIZZLIES

BENCH: The Grizzlies will likely have a tight bench but the guys that play will likely get their share of minutes. SG O.J. Mayo might get starter’s type minutes in this series. He played in 71 games (17 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 26.3 minutes, 11.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game. He’s capable of so much more. PF Darrell Arthur will be the primary backup big for the Grizzlies in this series. Arthur played in 80 games (9 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 20.1 minutes, 9.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game. SF/SG Shane Battier is going to be asked to play defense and hit some long range bombs in this series. Battier played in 23 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies after coming over from the Rockets and he averaged 24.2 minutes, 5.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. PG Greivis Vasquez will likely give Conley a break when he needs one. Vasquez played in 70 games (1 start) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 12.3 minutes, 3.6 points, 1.0 rebound and 2.2 assists per game. PF Leon Powe might also get some play in this series. He played in 16 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 8.8 minutes, 5.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.

SG/PG George Hill might start in this series in Manu Ginobili’s place if he can’t go. Hill will do a good job in whatever role the Spurs need him to fill. Hill played in 76 games (5 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 28.3 minutes, 11.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. C/PF DeJuan Blair might start at center in this series, but if not, he will play big minutes anyway. Blair played in 81 games (65 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 21.4 minutes, 8.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.2 steals per game. SF/PF Matt Bonner is the long range assassin off the bench for the Spurs. He played in 66 games (1 start) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 21.7 minutes, 7.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. Rookie SG Gary Neal will bring instant offense and energy off the bench for the Spurs in this series. Neal played in 80 games (1 start) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 21.1 minutes, 9.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Rookie center Tiago Splitter might get some minutes in this series. He played in 60 games (6 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 12.3 minutes, 4.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game. SF Steve Novak is a long range bomber just like Matt Bonner. He played in 23 games (0 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 8.6 minutes, 4.0 points, 1.0 rebound and 0.1 assists per game.

EDGE: SPURS

COACHING: Lionel Hollins did a great job to get the Grizzlies to the playoffs this year. He has a career record of 117-150 (43.8%) during the regular season. Like his Grizzlies, Hollins will be getting his first taste of the NBA Playoffs as a head coach.

Gregg Popovich is one of the best coaches in the NBA. He has a career record of 797-383 (67.5%) during the regular season and he is 106-69 (60.6%) in the post-season. Popovich has led the Spurs to 4 NBA Championships so far in his career.

EDGE: HUGE FOR SPURS

PREDICITION: The Spurs are going to have their hands full with the upstart Grizzlies. I like the Spurs to win this series in 7 very hard fought games.

The San Antonio Spurs are very happy with their rookie class of 2010-11

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Rookie Reports by alleyoop on Saturday 16 April 2011 at 10:43 am

26-year old shooting guard Gary Neal came out of nowhere (Towson State) as he was undrafted. Neal played in 80 games (1 start) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 21.1 minutes, 9.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Neal shot a stunning 41.9% from three point range as it seems the Spurs found another nugget that everyone else passed over. The Spurs waited a few years until 26-year old center finally came to Texas. Splitter played in 60 games (6 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 12.3 minutes, 4.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game. Splitter shot 52.9% from the floor but he only shot 54.3% from the free throw line, so he has things to work on. 22-year old SG/SF James Anderson missed a lot of this season due to injury. He played in 26 games (2 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 11.0 minutes, 3.6 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game. The Spurs like this rookie class and they think they will help them both now and even more down the road.

Phoenix Suns 106, San Antonio Spurs 103

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General by alleyoop on Thursday 14 April 2011 at 3:19 pm

The Spurs gave it everything they had last night but they just fell a tad short in the end. Tim Duncan led the way for the Spurs last night with 17 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 blocked shots. Gary Neal also had a solid game off the bench for the Spurs with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. George Hill (13 points), Daniel Green (13 points) and Tony Parker (12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists) also pitched in for the Spurs in this game. The Spurs finished the 2010-11 regular season with a 61-21 record, which was the best in the Western Conference and they had the second best record in the NBA (The Bulls have the best one at 62-20).

Los Angeles Lakers 102, San Antonio Spurs 93

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General by alleyoop on Wednesday 13 April 2011 at 9:14 am

The Spurs only shot 35.2% from the floor and they were resting Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker last night, which combined to give the Spurs a loss. The Spurs played 10 players in the game last night and they ranged from 21-28 minutes played. Gary Neal led the way for the Spurs last night with 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Matt Bonner (13 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist) and DeJuan Blair (12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 steals) also had solid games for the Spurs last night. George Hill (11 points), Steve Novak (10 points) and Richard Jefferson (10 points) also pitched in for the Spurs last night. The Spurs are now 61-20 on the year and they are tied with the Bulls for the best record in the NBA.

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