I had a chance to talk to San Antonio's KSAT 12 Sports reporter and anchor, Larry Ramirez, before game one as I did with several other local media members recently, and asked him about his thoughts on the San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies series.
Although Tony Parker struggled a bit through game one, Ramirez still expects Parker to have a great series.
"I think Tony Parker will have a big series," Ramirez said. "He should eat Mike Conley alive."
Parker will have to shoot better than his 4-of-16 from the field on Sunday to make a difference in this series.
As the Grizzlies showed in game one, they are no pushovers on the defensive end so Ramirez said the Spurs will have to take care of the ball.
"Memphis has quietly become a solid defensive club so the Spurs need to shoot the ball well and limit turnovers," Ramirez said.
On Sunday, the Spurs shot 40 percent from the field and turned the ball over 10 times.
The Spurs' bench, which has been a big part of the team's success this season, is a key for the Spurs against the Grizzlies, according to Ramirez.
"Memphis has the front line advantage but the Spurs have a deeper bench and the better overall team," Ramirez said. "Spurs in 5 games."
Make sure to catch Larry's series coverage on KSAT 12 throughout the week.
The Spurs did not shoot the ball well and Parker made a mistake on the defensive rotation. The one play that cost the Spurs Game 1.
Thats the Spurs problem, Tony Parker having big games. If Tony would look at 90% of our losses this year, he would see a pattern. He takes more shots than everybody on the TEAM, we lose. He leads all scores, we lose. He has less than 6 assists, we lose. If Tony Parker would realize that he's on a TEAM that is made to play like a TEAM, there is NO TEAM in the league that can beat the Spurs.Shooters need to be fed the ball early in games , notstand around looking at their point guard go to the basket every time down. Tony Parker needs to get RJ involved early in games, look at every game this year when in the first quarter tony got RJ involved early, a win. What point guard in nba history was the leading scorer on his team, and they won the championship? Tony Parker has a team full of shooters, he has one of the grestest players in Tim Duncan, he needs not to wear down in the first half of games while taking everybody else out of the game. 6 assists a game does not = a great point guard, esp. when he has the players around him that Tony Parker does. Parker never drives and dish, if he would do that more often he would get more open shots himself.