Memphis Grizzlies 109, San Antonio Spurs 93: 21 turnovers = a steaming hot pile of suck
I didn’t think the Spurs would miss Tony Parker. I was wrong.
The Spurs were beat up by the Memphis Grizzlies. In addition to the aforementioned 21 turnovers, not a single San Antonio starter scored in double digits. Gary Neal led the Spurs with 14 points.
This won’t continue. But for the night, the Spurs were out of sorts from the opening tip. George Hill dramatically under performed as the Spurs’ makeshift point guard, turning the ball over early and often. No Spur was able to command the offense. The game was played entirely to the dictates of the Grizzlies.
This, I suppose, is the downside to having only deviated from the starting lineup once this season. It sounds silly, but the Spurs looked like a rogue band of rec leaguers who met one another just before tip. Some of them can clearly play, but with one another? Not so much. Â The Spurs should consider name badges next game.
Of course, I’m being ridiculous. The Spurs have been together all season. They should settle into a new rotation quickly enough. But one does wonder if tonight’s loss to the Grizzlies was an aberration or if the Spurs are in for a long week.
If San Antonio loses tomorrow in Cleveland, I’m going to go ahead and bet on a long week. Â Otherwise, let’s call this anÂ aberration.
But now that the Spurs are only up 5 games on the Mavericks, losing to both the Heat and Lakers on Friday and Sunday would make the team’s fast start a distant memory. It would also introduce at least some drama into the Western Conference playoff race.
This game is just the Spurs keeping things interesting. Saddle up, fun-seekers. Good times ahead.