The San Antonio Spurs will attempt to even the series tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies as the Grizzlies currently hold a 2-1 series lead.
The series has been a “grind it out” series thus far as the most a team has won by is six points. The average margin of victory is four points.
This preview will guide you through the problems the Spurs are facing and strategies in which they could solve their issues.
What do The Numbers Reveal?
- This series is the definition of close as both teams are evenly scoring 93.0 points per game.
- The Grizzlies are narrowly out-shooting the Spurs at 45% to 42% from the field.
- One key that helped the Spurs reach 60 wins this season was their three-point shooting. The three-point ball has essentially been non-existent as they've only attempted 15-47 (32%) shots from three-point land. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are shooting 13-35 (37%) from distance.
- For all the issues about the Spurs lack of height, it’s not actually an issue thus far in terms of rebounding; the Spurs are outrebounding the Grizzlies 45.3 to 40.7 rebounds per game. The height issue is still a main concern as we’ll see further ahead in the preview.
- The Grizzlies are moving the ball at a rate of 21 assists per game to the Spurs 17.7 assists per game.
- Both teams are almost even in steals as the Spurs hold a 6.7 to 6 steals per game edge.
- The Spurs (7 blocks) lead the Grizzlies (5.3 blocks) in blocked shots.
- Both teams are essentially even in turn over’s as the Spurs slightly turn the ball over 14.3 to 14 turn over’s per game.
- The Grizzlies (27.3 fouls) lead the Spurs (23 fouls) in fouling.
- The Spurs bench is slightly leading the Grizzlies bench with a 32.4 to 31.9 points per game.
- No Spurs fans should be complaining about the referees in this series as the Spurs (111 FTA) have shot almost 30 more free throws than the Grizzlies (82 FTA) thus far.
Who is playing well for San Antonio?
SG Manu Ginobili: After missing game one, Ginobili returned with a heroic effort with an injured elbow to lead the Spurs with 17 points in their only win of the series. Ginobili is averaging 20ppg, 5rbd, 4.5ast, 1.5blk, 40% FG, 20% 3PT, 70% FT, 4TO in two games against Memphis.
Keep in mind, late in game three,Ginobili admitted that the elbow brace does affect him. This was evident in game three as he began shooting free throws with one hand late in the game. When your best player has to carry your team with only one healthy arm, it’s best that other players help him in picking up the scoring load.