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The San Antonio Spurs (8-2) and Memphis Grizzlies (8-3) will kick off the Western Conference Finals today in San Antonio in a clash of West powerhouses. The last time these two teams faced off in the postseason, the Grizzlies upset the No. 1 seeded Spurs in the 2011 NBA Playoffs first-round.
The Spurs are coming off a 94-82 win over the Warriors in Game 6 in Oakland to win the semifinals series. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 19 points while Kawhi Leonard finished with 10 rebounds.
The Grizzlies are coming off an 88-84 win over the Thunder to close out their semifinals series in five games. Zach Randolph led Memphis with 28 points and 14 rebounds in the win.
And as the Spurs and Grizzlies get set to clash this afternoon, here are five things to watch for during today's game:
• Grizzlies' Mike Conley is averaging a career-best 17.6 points and 7.6 assists a game in the postseason.
• The Spurs are 4-0 at home in the postseason when leading at halftime.
• Spurs' Kawhi Leonard has scored in double figures in a playoff career-high eight consecutive postseason games.
• Memphis has won eight of its last nine playoff games.
• Grizzlies' Tony Allen ranks second in the league during the playoffs in steals at 2.27.
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By Mike Elworth
The San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies will start the Western Conference Finals on Sunday, which should be a hard fought slugfest. These are 2 of the 4 top defensive teams in the conference and 2 of the hardest playing teams in the NBA, so this series will be a very physical matchup, with the scoreboard...
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Rematch of the 2011 playoffs! Well, not really.
The San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies met in the first
round of the 2011 NBA playoffs.
The Grizzlies being the 8th seed ended up beating the number
one seed Spurs in six games.
These teams are nothing like their 2011 rosters. Memphis leaned more offense with Rudy
Gay and OJ Mayo. The 2013 team has
Heading into the postseason, Memphis was tops in the league in defense holding teams to 89.3 points during the regular season. In the playoffs, the Grizzlies are holding teams to 92.4 points but in Game 1 of the West Finals, Spurs' Tony Parker made short-work of the vaunted Memphis defense.
Parker scored almost at will during Game 1, finishing with 20 points, 9 assists, and...
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Unlike 2011, Manu Ginobili is healthy, Tiago Splitter is a key player, Kawhi Leonard is a Spur, Boris Diaw is a Spur, and Richard Jefferson is already on vacation. The Grizzlies too have new faces with...
12 Inches Of Elevation
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Zach Randolph was supposed to maul San Antonio. If Game 1 is any
indication, Memphis no longer looks so dangerous.
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This series comes down to two things: 1. Can Memphis keep Tony Parker out of the lane? 2: Can San Antonio matchup with Gasol and...
Mike Conley wouldn't let Zach Randolph take the blame for the Memphis Grizzlies' blowout loss in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
No one on either team expects him to play so poorly the rest of the series.
Tony Parker had 20 points and nine assists, Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points and the Spurs neutralized Randolph in beating the Grizzlies 105-83 on Sunday. Randolph...
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