Summing it up
It tends to be an ugly affair when the Spurs and Grizzlies match up. It was even more so in Wednesday’s season opener, with both teams struggling through stretches of incompetence. Their poor defense in the second half notwithstanding, the Spurs could feel pleased with their execution after shooting 52.6 percent, including 11 for 20 on 3-pointers, against one of the league’s toughest defensive teams.
Of greater concern was the condition of future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, who left little more than a minute into the second half with a chest contusion. It didn’t appear to be serious, but the Spurs won’t no for sure until his checkup on Thursday. And so it begins for the aging-but-deadly Spurs, who count Father Time as perhaps their greatest foe as they attempt to survive the marathon that is the regular season in pursuit of their fifth championship.
With no Spur scoring more than 14 points, or doing much in the peripheral statistics, there were no standout candidates....