El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 105, Memphis Grizzlies 83
|Tim Duncan, PF 27 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +4
If I told you Duncan would score just six points in Game 1 against Memphis and the Spurs win, would you believe me?
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 30 MIN | 7-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +9
After averaging nine boards a game in the Spurs’ second round series against the Warriors, it’s a little surprising to see Leonard with just two rebounds in Game 1. No matter, San Antonio barely lost the battle on the boards and Kawhi hit 4-of-5 3s. He’s having a heck of a playoffs so far.
|Tiago Splitter, C 17 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 1 PTS | +16
A pretty anonymous game from Tiago, though his defense on Zach Randolph doesn’t show up on the box score. Well, it does, just on Randolph’s box score line. Either way, his numbers aren’t great but he did a good job teaming with Matt Bonner and Boris Diaw to frustrate Z-Bo.
|Tony Parker, PG 33 MIN | 9-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 9 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | +6
I had my concerns coming into Game 1 that Parker would be effective against Tony Allen and the Grizzlies defense. There’s still a chance that Allen could spend more time on Parker than he did in Game 1 (Mike Conley had a lot of Parker duty) and bottle up TP, but Game 1 wasn’t it.
|Danny Green, SG 26 MIN | 6-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +28
#IcyHot status: Scorching. Green took advantage of the open looks he was given, thanks in large part to Tony Allen losing track of Green in help defense. That’s a no-no when you play the Spurs and Green made Memphis pay.
|Matt Bonner, PF 17 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +11
I’m not sure I’m ready to live in a world where Matt Bonner hits four 3s in a Western Conference Finals game.
|DeJuan Blair, C 5 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | 0
Blair had a nice little garbage time run in Game 1.
|Boris Diaw, C 21 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +11
Like Splitter, Diaw doesn’t have a sexy stat line, but defensively the Land Walrus (Dan McCarney’s nickname for Bobo, not mine) gave the Memphis bigs all they could handle.
|Patty Mills, PG 5 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | 0
|Cory Joseph, PG 12 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +12
Cory Joseph took five shots in 12 minutes of play? Who does he think he is, Patty Mills?
|Manu Ginobili, SG 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3-5 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +2
We know Manu Ginobili is capable of so much more, but his line in Game 1 doesn’t surprise me at all. He’s going to have those games where he looks like a young Manu Ginobili and then he’s going to have those stretches where you wonder how soon before he retires.
|Tracy McGrady, SG 7 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +2
It’s hard to argue with Pop in Game 1. Everything seemed to work.
Three Things We Saw
- The Spurs’ Game 1 performance was out of this world, but I expect that to be the exception and not the rule in this series. This is going to be a hard-fought playoffs.
- Needless to say, I was surprised by the offensive clinic put on the by the Spurs. Not surprised that San Antonio could do it, but that they were able to. I remember the Grizzlies alway being much more physical with the Spurs offense, bumping their shots and closing out hard on their shooters. Didn’t see as much of that in Game 1.
- Gregg Popovich brought Tracy McGrady into the game with 6:45 left. It’s likely that Pop wanted to get Leonard some rest on his sore left knee, but also possible that Pop wanted to get McGrady a little bit of time with the Spurs’ regulars. I’m not saying that McGrady is due for a bump in minutes, at all, but just something I noticed.