The San Antonio Spurs (13-4) will return to San Antonio and host the Southwest Division leading Memphis Grizzlies (12-2) at the AT&T Center.
The Spurs are coming off an extended six-game road trip where it ended in controversy when head coach Gregg Popovich sat out Tim Duncan, Danny Green, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker against the Heat resulting in the NBA fining the team $250,000. Though the Spurs lost 100-105, the team's second unit gave the Heat's starters a scare and played admirably throughout the game.
The Grizzlies are coming off a win over the Pistons where Rudy Gay finished with a game-high 18 points. Marc Gasol grabbed 11 rebounds and Mike Conley scored 17 points in the win.
And as these two top teams in the Southwest Division get set to clash tonight in San Antonio, here are five things to watch for during the game:
• Memphis has lost 14 of their last 15 regular-season games in San Antonio.
• Memphis averages a whopping 9.38 steals per game good for second in the NBA.
• Memphis is holding teams to 91.1 points per game good for second in the NBA.
• San Antonio's Manu Ginobili is 12 points away from surpassing James Silas into sixth place on the Spurs all-time points list.
The Spurs barely escape and luckily won in overtime vs. the Grizzlies. After resting, Green got a big fat egg, yes 0 and imagine after resting he suffered a pulled hamstring or showing his true color and Manu committed so many errors it almost cost them the game. And, Diaw, Splitter and Blair barely contributed. Moral Lesson ? Be on the level always. Don't deny the paying public their hard earned money! Is congratulation in order?
Let us look at the action taken by the Spurs' coach in sending 4 of his starters last Thurs. The first question that comes to mind is, are the Spurs players the only ones who are fatigued by the rigorous schedule? If they can't withstand the schedule, the team should have appealed their schdedule instead of sending home some players or RETIRE them! So, Comm. action is justified. There should an order or chaos will result i the league. The paying public are entitled to see a good game. Let this practice end once and for all.