The San Antonio Spurs are on the verge of elimination as they trail the Memphis Grizzlies 3-1 in the series.
Through this series the Grizzlies have exploited the Spurs most glaring weakness, which is size. The size is evident with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Aside from Tim Duncan and Antonio McDyess, the Spurs other answers are Matt Bonner, DeJuan Blair and rookie Tiago Splitter (Splitter played well in game five scoring 10-points and nine rebounds).
We know height/size is an issue. But what about other weaknesses the Spurs have? I’m here to look at some of the other weaknesses and see how they can improve to win and stay alive in the series.
Before Monday nights game, the Spurs were averaging just 14 turnovers per game in the series. On Monday night, turnovers fueled the Grizzlies 30-point third quarter to blow the game open.
Memphis had eight steals in the game. Tony Parker had more turnovers (7) than he did assists (1) and rebounds (3) combined. Duncan, Ginobili and Hill all had two turnovers each.
The Spurs shot a higher percentage than Memphis through the majority of game four. They even held Memphis’ two best players to 20-points combined. Parker played well with 23-points. One would assume that would be a recipe for success. But the Spurs’ 17-turnovers ended up outweighing their positives.
The Grizzlies are a very patient ball club. They rely on their defense and low post scoring to keep them going throughout the game. They don’t beat themselves. It’s almost as if the old Spurs have switched places with the Grizzlies.
In order for the Spurs to have a chance at winning game five, they will need to limit their turnovers.