Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 5/24/13

As the Spurs hit the road to take on the Grizzlies in Memphis, the Grizz have to figure out a way to make sure they protect their home court advantage to survive. How can they do this (besides the obvious answer of better defense)? Easy. More Jerryd Bayless and Quincy Pondexter and less Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince. This isn’t really a knock on Allen and Prince, it’s more of an argument based on the matchup presented by the Spurs. Allen might be the worst “shooting” guard in the NBA and Prince usually hangs around the 18-20 foot jumper range and hasn’t been looking for his shot. The problem is the Spurs do not have to worry about how that duo can space the floor when they’re on the court, which allows them to completely cheat on defense and double-team, and even triple-team, Zach Randolph. By allowing the Spurs to pack it in, the Grizzlies have to counter that by placing all of their best shooters on the perimeter. It’s the only way to get the Spurs defense to respect the outside shooting of the Grizzlies and allow Randolph to operate with some space. It’s no coincidence that the Grizzlies’ big run in the fourth quarter of Game Two, and in the third quarter of Game One, came with the duo of Bayless and Pondexter (two proven three-point shooters) spacing the floor and forcing the Spurs to play Randolph honest. Plus, in a series where there is no Kevin Durant, the defensive prowess of Allen and Prince isn’t as relevant. Yes, San Antonio has Tony Parker, but he’s been picking apart the Grizzlies anyway, so you might as well respond with better offense on the other end. I know that may not sound right at first, but what I’m saying is, if Parker is burning Allen, Mike Conley and whoever you throw in front of him anyway, why not take that risk on defense and improve your spacing and shooting on offense? The numbers in this series speak for themselves. So far, this is the comparison between Allen/Prince vs. Bayless/Pondexter: It’s not like Grizzlies Head Coach Lionel Hollins hasn’t noticed that Bayless and Pondexter give them the best shot at spacing the floor and running their offense. Pondexter played eight more minutes in Game Two than in Game One and Bayless played 13 more minutes as well. And while Allen’s minutes remained the same, Prince already saw a decline of 12 minutes in Game Two. Even if Bayless is shooting a below-average 40 percent from the field, he can get his own shot and the Spurs have to respect his three-point shooting. Meanwhile, Pondexter has been terrific hitting corner threes. I expect to see Hollins mixing and matching Bayless and Pondexter into the lineup as best as he can. Clearly this isn’t the only issue that Memphis needs to change. If the Grizzlies want to go back to Texas with the series tied at 2-2, they need to play way better team defense and find a way to contain Parker and the Spurs’ perimeter game. But that’s already something we all know. -Zamarripa

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