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Playoff Preview: Spurs (2) - Grizzlies (7)

Playoff Preview: Spurs (2) - Grizzlies (7)

After many predicted the San Antonio Spurs would struggle in their first round series against the Memphis Grizzlies, they made a statement on Saturday night, winning easily at home, 111-82. Marc Gasol had his best playoff game ever, posting 32 points and five boards.

Past year the Grizzlies were swept with Marc Gasol and Mike Conley both sidelined by season-ending injuries.

The Spurs pushed the lead on Parker's 3-pointer with 8:53 left in the second quarter and the teams battled back and forth through the remainder of the half, with San Antonio leading by five points before settling for a 52-49 advantage at halftime.

Before the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs tip tonight for game two, I felt the need to talk through some things with a fellow GBBer.

Grizzlies at Spurs, San Antonio leads 1-0. The seven-footers have very similar play styles and are great competitors in their own rights.

Andrew Harrison came off the bench to deliver 10 points.

When prodded about what makes Westbrook so good, Harden provided some praise for the fellow point guard.

Meanwhile, feast your eyes on four separate plays of strong defense from Allen throughout the two matchups in which he and Leonard both played this season.

The evidence of Allen's defensive value from the season series shows itself in Kawhi's performances. If he just does what he did during the regular season during this first round matchup-hit midrange jumpers, post-up against smaller players, and pull down a handful of rebounds-it will be more than enough to push the Spurs past the low-seeded Grizzlies.

NEED TO KNOW: The Spurs have won nine straight in the postseason against Memphis, sweeping series in 2013 and 2016. The majority will come on ESPN and TNT, but they could also be broadcast on TBS, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNews, or even NBA TV.

San Antonio even briefly held the No. 1 slot in the West during Golden State's mini-slump after the Kevin Durant injury.

The Spurs' Game 1 blowout win on Saturday was a ideal example of Allen's value.

Z-Bo may be more an issue for Memphis than San Antonio, though. The Grizzlies are no joke, and their team is built to cause problems against other western conference teams.

Kawhi Leonard: A serious candidate for the 2016-17 Most Valuable Player award, Leonard will be the best player on the floor whenever he's in the game. Mike Conley is averaging 20.5 points and 6.3 assists while Marc Gasol is averaging 19.5 points and 6.3 rebounds. "We don't really get the national attention, and we float under the radar for a long time".

It is no secret that the Grizzlies are going to slow down the pace.

"I thought, offensively, we loosened their defense up a lot", Mills said.

The Grizzlies announced on Thursday that Allen has a calf strain and is out indefinitely.

The Spurs are now 29-5 under Popovich in playoff series when they take a 1-0 series lead.


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