The San Antonio Spurs got to rest their players against the Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs
The San Antonio Spurs got to rest their players despite being in the playoffs against the hapless Memphis Grizzlies. 14 players scored at least 2 points against the Grizzlies! The Spurs outscored them 412-324 in the four game sweep! The Spurs played well offensively as they shot 48.7% from the floor, 47.1% from three point range and 82.4% from the free throw line against the Grizzlies. The Spurs also played stellar defense as they held the Grizzlies to 39.4% shooting from the floor and 29.7% from three point range in this series! Small forward Kawhi Leonard is now the main man for the Spurs, as he was the only player on the team to average more than 30 minutes a game against the Grizzlies. Leonard started all four games against the Grizzlies and he averaged 31.4 minutes, 21.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.8 steals and 2.8 blocked shots per game. He shot 52.7% from the floor, 61.1% from three point range and 94.4% from the free throw line against the Grizzlies! Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge also started all four games against the Grizzlies and he averaged 28.2 minutes, 14.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 1.8 blocked shots per game. He shot 51.1% from the floor and 90.9% from the free throw line against the Grizzlies. Backup shooting guard Patrick Mills also played well in his four games off the bench as he averaged 19.5 minutes, 10.5 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Point guard Tony Parker played in 4 games (all starts) against the Grizzlies and he averaged 23.3 minutes, 9.8 points, 1.0 rebound and 4.8 assists per game. Shooting guard Manu Ginobili played in all four games in this series off the bench and he averaged 18.9 minutes, 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Center Tim Duncan played in 4 games (all starts) against the Grizzlies and he averaged 20.2 minutes, 5.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 blocked shots per game. I hope that Parker, Duncan and Ginobili are all rested up…..because they are going to be needed to play big minutes if the Spurs are going to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round of the playoffs!