There’s a widely-accepted maxim in NBA playoff basketball that the most difficult win to attain is the close-out game.
In Game 5 of the Spurs’ first-round playoff series against the Grizzlies, Manu Ginobili scored eight points in the first quarter of the Spurs’ 116-103 win.
The fact the Spurs and Grizzlies played an instant classic playoff game won’t mollify Spurs fans disappointed by a 110-108 overtime loss.
Thursday’s game ended in a 105-94 Grizzlies victory that sets up a pivotal Game 4 on Saturday night at FedEx, where the Spurs have yet to win this season.
Kawhi Leonard scored a career playoff high 37 points on just 14 shots, and Tony Parker had a second solid game scoring 15 points.
Nobody expected the Spurs to have an easy time of it in their first-round NBA playoff series against the muck-it-up and grind-it-out defense of the Memphis Grizzlies, not even when Tony Allen, Memphis’ version of Bruce Bowen, was declared out for the series with a calf injury.
It was supposed to be a conversation about life on the basketball court after Tim Duncan. Gregg Popovich turned it into a discussion of race relations.
Spurs fans got a splash of cold water in their faces Wednesday when the Warriors wiped out a 22-point San Antonio lead on their way to a 110-98 victory.
Elliott’s take on the official partnership between Spurs Sports and Entertainment (SS&E) and Methodist Healthcare is simple: “It’s about time.”
The Spurs’ 39-11 record, second-best in the NBA, is a surprise to anyone who expected significant decline after Duncan announced his retirement last July.