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article imageGame Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies, Game 2

By Marina Todic     May 21, 2013 in Sports
Memphis Grizzlies had a dreadful Western Conference Finals debut Sunday in a 105-83 blowout to the San Antonio Spurs. All Star forward Zach Randolph had a game to forget.
Randolph finished the night going 1-8 with 2 points in 28 minutes of play, his lowest scoring performance since his rookie year in 2000.
The Spurs had a surprisingly easy time against the NBA's best defense in Game 1, shooting 53 percent while making a franchise postseason-record 14 3-pointers on 29 attempts. It took Memphis too long to settle in its first conference finals appearance, and San Antonio went up 17 by the end of the first quarter and 20 in the second quarter.
Grizzlies can’t be counted out just yet; they have been in this position twice before. In both playoff series, Memphis has lost Game 1 before rallying back to knock out the Los Angeles Clippers and then the Oklahoma City Thunder. Grizzlies have bounced back well in the postseason so far and have been very good at making subtle adjustments to free their offense and played stronger and better. Lets also not forget that the Spurs went up 2-0 on the Thunder last season in the Western Finals, looked dominant doing so only to lose the next 4 games.
The mistakes were many. Point guard Mike Conley said Memphis needs to pick up its defense on Parker beyond the 3-point line and keep him from penetrating the lane so easily to set up the 3-point shooters around him. Once Grizzlies got in scramble mode, they over-helped and left too many openings. Parker finished the game going 9 for 14 with 20 points and 9 assists.
On offense, the ball got stuck, which allowed the Spurs' defense to recover and wipe out any scoring opportunities for Randolph around the basket.The Grizzlies managed just 32 total points in the paint in Game 1, off their normal average and one that means they aren’t going to have success. Grizzlies don’t shoot well from the perimeter and focus their offensive attack on scoring inside of 10 feet. They attempted only 12 3’s, 5 of them by Quincy Pondexter. Game 2 Grizzlies needs a better balance, and hope Zach Randolph shows up.
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