The San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies will have two more days to rest and make adjustments heading into Game 3 this Saturday.
The Spurs held a practice yesterday and Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan spoke more on the overtime win versus Memphis in Game 2 including Memphis' late rally, and more.
Parker on MRI on aching calf, team role players, playing defense and more.
Duncan on crediting Parker in the series, team shooters, Grizzlies' playoff expereince and more.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs edged the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals in overtime winning 93-89. After the game, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili spoke on the narrow win.
Parker admits keeping a lead on Memphis is tough to do and runs like the Grizzlies made is expected. He also says the Spurs didn't do anything other than protect the home court. Ginobili says he noticed Parker was getting tired as the game progressed and says the series is not over until it is over.
Check out what else the two had to say after the Game 2 win.
The Los Angeles Clippers may not look much different on the floor next season -- assuming Chris Paul re-signs with the club, which isn't a guarantee -- except for one notable exception. Vinny Del Negro will not be coaching the team. The Clippers, according to the Los Angeles Times, will not extend his contract, which expires June 30.
AT&T Center – Four weeks ago, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol was named the 2013 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Gasol and the Grizzlies were defensive juggernauts in the regular season as they won games with their style of play, “grit and grind.”
Today, with Gasol’s Grizzlies down 0-2 to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, something was visible Tuesday that didn’t catch a lot of the spotlight. Game 2 was all about Tim Duncan’s offense in the headlines, but not much was mentioned in regards to his defense.
Going back to four weeks ago, Gasol won the DPOY award with a total of 212 points. His teammate Tony Allen even finished fifth in the voting with 102 total points. However, even after Duncan and the Spurs began to insert themselves in top defensive categories this season as they did in their prime defensive years, Duncan only received 94 total votes and finished 6th in voting.
“It was huge,” said Tony Parker Tuesday of Duncan’s scoring plays in overtime. “He made some big baskets for us. A big rebound and it was a great boost for us.”no comments
That's Grizzlies' Tony Allen flailing on the court, apparently in agony as he is grabbing his head after San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili was called for a flagrant foul late in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. But was it more an outstanding overreacting job by Allen?
Clearly Manu went for his arm but no where did Allen hit his head during his fall yet there he was, clutching his head seemingly in agony.
When asked about Manu's foul postgame, Allen replied, "Yes, most definitely. He cannot pull me out the air."
However, this isn't the first time Allen showed off his flopping skills on the court.no comments
According to Jared Greenberg of NBA TV, San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker will undergo an MRI on his calf during the three-day layoff before Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals versus Memphis.
Parker, who led the Spurs in Game 2 with 15 points and a career playoff high 18 assists, showed no signs of any calf injury during the overtime win. However, during the semifinals versus the Warriors, he did suffer a left calf injury when Andrew Bogut kicked him in Game 3. Parker did finish out the series versus Golden State despite the "baseball" size knot in his calf. At that time, no medical tests were given.no comments
This feels eerily similar. Deja vu, maybe.
AT&T CENTER -- Whether looking at a series as a whole, or individual games, the objective in the playoffs remains the same. Make a run, build a lead, and then protect that lead with everything you have.
Through three quarters the San Antonio Spurs appeared to pick up where they left off in Game 1, combining a dominant defensive performance with a precision offense directed by the brilliant play of point guard Tony Parker. For a brief moment in the third quarter, Parker was at the height of his powers, getting into the middle of the Grizzlies defense and reading their schemes and rotations at an elite level.
When Parker wasn’t finding Tiago Splitter at the rim for a layup or dunk, he was kicking out passes to Danny Green or Kawhi Leonard for open three-pointers. Parker scored four points and eight of his career-high 18 assists in a third quarter that saw the Spurs build an 18-point lead.no comments