Tony Parker is expected to miss two to four weeks after suffering a strained left calf last Saturday night.
Playing their first game without starting point guard, the San Antonio Spurs (49-11) were sloppy and committed 22 turnovers in the game.
The Memphis Grizzlies took advantage of Parker's absence and poor ball handling by San Antonio to defeat the Spurs 109-93.
Here are some of the numbers that stood out in this Spurs' loss.
93.8 - The Grizzlies were nearly perfect from the free throw line, making 15-of-16 (93.8%) of their foul shots. The Spurs on the other hand just made 17-of-23 (73.9%) of their free throw attempts.
62 - Memphis mauled the San Antonio from the inside, outscoring the Spurs 62-34 on inside points.
52.8 - The Grizzlies shot a blistering 47-of-89 (52.8%) from the floor while holding the Spurs to 34-of-77 (44.2%) shooting from the field.
42 - Memphis edged San Antonio in the rebounding department 42-39.
27 - The Grizzlies beat the Spurs on transition 27-11 on fast break points.
23 - Memphis shared the ball better, they had 23 assists for the game compared to the Spurs' 17.
22 - The Spurs were sloppy all game, they committed 22 turnovers including six from George Hill. The Grizzlies had only 12 turnovers for the game.
21 - Zach Randolph and Darrell Arthur led the Grizzlies with 21 points a piece.
20 - Tony Allen added 20 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes for the Grizzlies.
14 - Gary Neal was the only Spur to finish in double figures with 14 points.
9 - Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, DeJuan Blair and Antonio McDyess scored nine points each for San Antonio. O.J. Mayo scored nine points from the Grizzlies' bench.
7 - Richard Jefferson, James Anderson, Tiago Splitter and Steve Novak had seven points a piece for the Spurs.
0 - Anderson and Novak did not commit a single turnover for the entire game. The Grizzlies went 0-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Rookie Watch: Neal had 14 points, four rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes, Splitter had seven points, six rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes of action. Anderson had seven points and one rebound in 18 minutes of action.
What's Next? The Spurs will visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland for their second night of a back-to-back.
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George Hill did not step up and struggled as the team's starting point guard, I'm pretty sure he'll try to bounce back against the Cavs.
@AmyfromLA I agree with you, the Spurs seem to be out of focus throughout the game I hope they right the ship against the Cavs.
by the way, i am by no means blaming anyone for this loss. the grizzlies played their heart out and attacked the spurs early on. props to them for playing with a lot of intensity and hustle. our spurs just didn't have it tonight. =(
this game was painful to watch. i think pop left our spurs in SA to protect them from getting injured by another grizzly. =( i was skeptical about a win because of the new lineup, but very uncharacteristic things happened all game long. with that said, i hope the real team shows up in cleveland! =) go spurs go!!!!
p.s. MINI RANT - sorry!
i think pop needs to yell out some plays or something because the spurs looked lost on offense all game long! it seemed like everyone dribbled without knowing where the are going to do next or with the ball or straight into 2nd defender. i wanted to pull my hair out. ok, i'm going to stop my venting. thanks for readin'! =)
This is the first game in llloooooonnggggg while that I see just one Spur scoring in double figures. No wonder we lost the game. :(