By Paul Garcia and Michael De Leon
After losing game one of their first round series with the Memphis Grizzlies at home, the San Antonio Spurs desperately needed a win to ensure they didn't make their trek to Beale Street down 0-2.
Enter Manu Ginobili.
Before the game, Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said his team was prepared for Ginobili, but in the case of Ginobili, there's only so much you can prepare for.
“Manu is Manu. We worked on the-and-roll, we weren't very good at it tonight,” Hollins said. “He’s a tough player and a good player. I don’t think you can go out there and trap the guy and play that way.”
In usual Ginobili fashion, he spent about as much time on the floor as he did off it, fighting for loose balls or taking charges.
While Ginobili's 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists certainly were a big part of the Spurs' 93-87 game two win, not one person will tell you it wasn't a war through all 48 minutes.
"Well, that's the playoffs. I think every game is going to get more and more physical, it's going to keep getting chippy," Spurs forward Richard Jefferson said. "Whenever you see somebody in consecutive games, it really starts to get annoying looking at their face or hearing them."
The first quarter played out very similar to the first round of a heavyweight title fight. Both teams made empty trips up the floor and seemed to one-up each other through the first quarter as they got a feel for each other.
While the Spurs and Grizzlies ended the first quarter tied at 17 apiece, the biggest blow to the Grizzlies came with just under two minutes remaining in the quarter. Zach Randolph, who gave the Spurs fits in game one, was called for an offensive foul, his second foul in the first quarter.