I'm not sure which was worse. The 37 point second quarter or the 28 point third quarter.
What I can tell you is that for as good as the Spurs were playing last week, they are playing that poorly right now. I hope it is just a tired team trying to get healthy. Unfortunately, the Nuggets await tomorrow.Let's just get right to our 3 stars:
3. Garrett Temple: 8 points, 4 boards, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers. He knocked down a couple 3's and generally played within himself. His team-best +10 underscores his good defensive effort. Also the fact that he played a lot of minutes with Tim.
2. Tony Parker: He's getting his legs back. He had a stretch in the first quarter where he was his old unstoppable self. 13 points, 8 assists, 2 turnovers. His team-worst -17 was not good.
1. Manu Ginobili: He didn't have his 3-point shot, just 1-6, but he had everything else. 26 points, 8 boards, 5 assists, 2 turnovers. And 11-11 from the line.
That's all I've got and that's all this game deserves. The Grizzlies' big three -- Mayo, Gay, and Randolph -- were all very good with 20, 21, and 28, but it was Mike Conley who I thought was huge in this game. He scored in the tough situations when his team needed him and the offense had broken down.