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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 8:53 am  |  41 responses

Post Up: Wild Wild West

The Grizzlies force overtime but the Spurs hang on to go up 2-0.

Spurs 93, Grizzlies 89 (Spurs lead series 2-0)

What an unbelievable game. The Spurs held a 78-64 lead early in the fourth before the Grizz roared back behind some lockdown defense. Memphis cut the deficit to seven with under a minute left, and a Zach Randolph three-point play got it to four. From there a strange sequence featuring a steal, a flagrant foul call on Manu Ginobili, two clutch Tony Allen free throws and finally a game-tying bucket by Mike Conley with 18 seconds left had the teams knotted at 85. Tim Duncan missed an impossible shot at the buzzer, sending the game into OT. In the extra period, a late missed three by Jerryd Bayless effectively ended the game.

Amazingly, each Spurs starter scored at least 11, and nobody topped 17. Tony Parker had 15 with a Playoff career-high 18 dimes, and Duncan, the team’s high-scorer, added 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Manu scored only 7 points, and has just 15 through the series’ first two games.

Memphis’ leading scorers were Conley and Bayless, who scored 18 each, but it was Randolph and Marc Gasol’s work down low that kept them in the game. The duo combined for 32 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards, which led to a 60-46 rebounding advantage. However, neither were great offensively—Randolph was 1/10 at half before picking things up and Gasol finished 4/12—and it cost Memphis. The Grizzlies shot just 34 percent overall. They attempted 14 more shots and 9 more free throws than the Spurs—a pretty huge advantage—but just couldn’t capitalize.

It was a long way to come back only to still fall for Memphis, but I don’t think it’s a back-breaker. The underdog doesn’t need to split the first two games, though it does add pressure on the team going back to Memphis.

The Grizzlies have been here before. In the first round, a Chris Paul buzzer-beater put Memphis down 2-0 in the series before they won the next four. In the second round, a late jumper by Kevin Durant won Game 1 for OKC, and Memphis still won the series in 5. We’ll see what Game 3 has in store on Saturday night.—Leo Sepkowitz

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  • dacre

    Spurs just keep the perfect balance between a team and having stars go to work. 18 assists….TP magnifique!!

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    We (Spurs) dodged a bullet here, some lack of focus on both ends opened the door for a Memphis come back, it would have been disastrous to lose that game.

    Hollins maybe found something by surrounding Zach/Gasol with Conley, Bayless, Pondexter, we’ll see how Pop will adjust to this. Memphis has no shot with Tayshun and Allen on the floor.

    Matt Bonner missed 3 wide open three, won a jump-ball, had 1 block, i dont know what he’s trying to do out there.

    TP channeling his inner Chris Paul, it was nice to watch.

    Spurs in 5 (probably)

  • Max
  • Max

    F$ck, this was the perfect chance!

  • Caboose

    That was the most pathetic excuse for a flagrant foul call I’ve ever seen. Tony Allen better get fined for that ridiculous over acting.

  • The Fury

    Yeah, that acting was Oscaresque.

  • Mike Mihalow

    I’m gonna be that guy:

    The refs kept the Grizzlies in the game with all the BS foul calls. The Grizz were in the bonus with 7-8 mins left in both the 3rd and 4th quarters. They called 3 fouls on Duncan in 30 sec (only 1 was actually a foul). They called 3 fouls in 1 possession (again, only 1 of those was actually a foul). With Duncan on the bench, the Grizz/refs got back in the game.

    And don’t get me started on Allen’s flop.

  • RKJ92

    Bro f*ck their feet.. their vertical is WAY funnier hahaha i’m gonna take an educated guess and say they jumped about 18 inches tops ;)

  • Max

    Combined.
    And well when you watch their feet, you also see their vertical?

  • RKJ92

    Man its sad when there’s evidence of Zach Randolph having the same vertical as Matt Bonner.. your typical ymca looking white boy wearing new balance shoes ahaha

  • i_ball

    Don’t disrespect the Red Rocket!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BAomDJMEwY

  • RKJ92

    You retarded?

    I never disrespected Bonner.. I love that guy, he’s the hoagie hero, and still has a house down here in Toronto. Dude is like Brian Scalabrine on steroids, how could anybody not root for this guy lol.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you know there is a clip of Matt Bonner winning a dunk contest in High School? You shoulda used that.

  • RKJ92

    Through his legs.. off the backboard.. perfect flush.. nothing but Bonner.. hahaha whata legend.

  • Caboose

    Interesting article I saw talking about the best #2 overall pick in NBA history. I’m undecided on who it is…

    Jerry West, Jason Kidd, Alonzo Mourning, Gary Payton, Isiah Thomas, Earl Monroe, Wes Unseld, Kevin Durant…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s Jerry West. But you didn’t even include the 2nd or 3rd best (depending on how you feel about Isiah) #2 selection of all-time.
    .
    Bob Pettit.

  • Caboose

    ….good point.

  • Max

    I can’t find that, can you post it?

  • i_ball

    I used that because it’s against the Raptors;)

  • i_ball

    Chill, dude.
    I know everybody loves him. I was just kidding

  • i_ball
  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i only noticed that because i thought Cousy was a #2 pick so i went as far back i could to check, then saw Pettit.

  • ChosenOne

    Bill Russell…

  • ChosenOne

    Don’t forget Russell

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh sh*t. i didn’t Bill Russell was a #2. i need to research that draft, stat.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah i didn’t forget. i never even knew.

  • Caboose

    Oh sh!t.

  • Caboose

    Sh!t. You win. I feel silly haha

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    this guy was drafted before Bill Russell,
    - Sihugo “Si” Green

  • ChosenOne

    I know crazy huh!?
    Sihugo Green was picked ahead of him

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i want to throw up.

  • shannon

    Pop should bench Ginobili at the end, he screwed up almost everything

  • LakeShow

    EPIC

    Lord of the Rings music should be playing in the back ground.

  • Caboose

    Look at who Russell was traded for.

  • Caboose

    It was funny, the Spurs got phantom calls in the 2nd, Grizz got them in the 3rd and 4th. Refs should be ashamed of that game.

  • Caboose

    Why Spurs will win game 3: minutes played that game by Gasol and Randolph.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh i already know that whole thing. it was an all star for a rookie. – Red was just soo much further ahead of everyone else.

  • Sergio

    Man, I usually dont like to talk of that, but Memphis had a lot of bad luck in the clutch last night. Tons of shots went in and out.

    But I think they should use Gasol a lot more. He is huge, and has a nifty post game. So, when Randolph is not playing well, give the f@ckin ball to Gasol down low, and not only in the free trowh area.

  • JoeMaMa

    All this Bonner talk – and so little devoted to the biggest acting job I’ve ever seen in the NBA. Really, can anyone else give me an instance where a player’s acted that bad? Allen made it seem like he broke his head while watching a puppy dog being murdered. There are flops, and there are Allens (flop + apocalypse).

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Wait, is it just me or does Bonner look more yoked up as a youngster than he looks today? He looked like a football tight end back when he was younger.

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