Game #26 Preview: Grizzlies @ Spurs

So, after the Spurs made me lose sleep with photo finsihes in their last two games, I decided yesterday would be a good day to climb Camelback Mountain for the first time. Oops. My eyes are half closed as I'm writing this due to exhaustion, and I split my knee open on a rock during the climb back down.

What does that have to do with basketball? Absolutely nothing. But seeing Manu will the team to victory in two consecutive games served as a bit of inspiration for getting. it. done. Let's hope the good times keep rolling tonight.

Hack preview, after the jump.

Today's preview music is in a slightly different vein than my last few selections, but I think more people will like this one. Enjoy a classic track by a classic group:

Let's do it.

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Where: AT&T Center

When: 11/18/2010, 7:30 PM Spurs Time - Timezone Converter
Watch: CW 35, SportSouth


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By the Numbers

Data sources:
hoopdata.com | basketball-reference.com | John Hollinger's team stats

Category Offense
(ranking)
Defense
(ranking)
Efficiency 110.2
(T - 1st)
100.1
(8th)
Rebound %
25.5
(17th)
75.0
(9th)
Field Goal % 47.2
(5th)
45.8
(15th)
3-Point % 41.1
(1st)
40.6
(29th)
Free Throw %
78.5
(8th)
73.2
(3rd)
Turnover %
12.9
(6th)
14.8
(7th)
Assist %
61.6
(6th)
53.9
(4th)
Category Offense
(ranking)
Defense
(ranking)
Efficiency 102.8
(T - 17th)
103.7
(14th)
Rebound %
26.9
(11th)
70.1
(26th)
Field Goal % 46.8
(9th)
45.6
(14th)
3-Point % 33.8
(23rd)
38.4
(23rd)
Free Throw %
74
(24th)
76.4
(14th)
Turnover %
13.3
(18th)
15.8
(2nd)
Assist %
50.5
(29th)
57.9
(19th)
Record Wins Losses
Overall 22 3
Conference 14 3
Division 3 2
Home 13 2
Away 9 1
Position Conference Division
Record 1st 1st
Lineups

Starters
PG: Tony Parker
SG: Manu Ginobili
SF: Richard Jefferson
PF: DeJuan Blair
C: Tim Duncan

Key Bench Players
George Hill
Matt Bonner
Gary Neal
Antonio McDyess

Record Wins Losses
Overall 12 14
Conference 9 8
Division 1 2
Home 8 5
Away 4 9
Position Conference Division
Record 9th 4th
Lineups

Starters
PG: Mike Conley
SG: Xavier Henry
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Zach Randolph
C: Marc Gasol

Key Bench Players
O.J. Mayo
Darrell Arthur
Greivis Vasquez
Tony Allen

Matchup Analysis

Point Guard
Shooting Guard
Small Forward

Power Forward
Center
Bench
Coach
Intangibles
Mojo
Winner

Starters

PG: Conley is finally having a good enough year to somewhat live up to the potential he showed in college. That said, Tony is flat-out dominating this year. Edge to Frenchy, but not by much.

SG: I'm a little disappointed by Mayo's move to the bench, but Henry's spot in the starting lineup is really questionable. Dude was drafter as a shooter, and is shooting 11.8% from the arc. Yowsers. Meanwhile, Manu is going to Manu all over the Grizz tonight.

SF: I love RJ 2.0, but he's got one hell of a handful to deal with tonight. His D on Melo the other night was exceptional, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt here. Some corner threes would be lovely tonight, RJ.

PF: DeJuan seems to have recovered nicely from the slump he was in to start the year, and we're going to need every bit of his energy against a consistent 20-10 threat in Randolph.

C: Gasol is a fine young center, but he's contending with Timmeh tonight.

Bench

Other than Mayo, the Grizz bench is pretty bad. On top of that, Mayo's had trouble adjusting to his new role, and hasn't really been himself. Meanwhile, the BAM keeps rolling, as evidenced by the fact that they led the comeback against Denver the other night.

Coaching

Lionel Hollin's bring-Mayo-off-the-bench strategy has a lot of folks scratching their heads, and it hasn't yielded good results so far either. Meanwhile, Pop's got the Spurs off to their best 25 game start EVER.(by a two game margin, even)

Intangibles

As I write this, the Grizz are down 43-17 to Houston. Ouch. Meanwhile, we have a 7-game win streak.

Mojo

Pretty sure the Manu count is at: Spurs 1, Grizzlies 0

Prediction

Spurs get an important division win, and this time they don't try to give the game away.

Key(s) to the Game

Quality Ball Movement - "Quality" because the Grizz are very, very good at forcing turnovers. If our guys make good decisions with the ball, their defense is bad enough to take advantage of.

Other Reading

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell

Grizzlies

Straight Outta Vancouver(SB Nation)

Following Along

TV

CW 35, SportSouth

Radio

WOAI 1200AM; Audio League Pass[streaming]

Online

As always, NBA league pass is recommended for those who are willing to pony up the cash. Almost every Spurs game will be broadcast there, which is especially helpful for those of us who aren't in the San Antonio area.

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