Game #73 Preview - Spurs @ Grizzlies - Time for a win

The Spurs look to keep from losing 3 straight for the first time all year as they head to Memphis to take on a tough Grizzlies team. Memphis has been playing very well of late are trying to solidify their playoff postion. I've got to be honest, I hope they either miss the playoffs or move up and don't match up with the Spurs in the first round. Memphis is going to cause whoever they play in the first round lots of problems and I hope it's not the Spurs.

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On to the preview:

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San Antonio Spurs @ Memphis Grizzlies
Where: FedEx Forum

When: March 27, 2011, 5:00 p.m. Spurs Time - Timezone Converter
Watch: Fox Sports Southwest


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By the Numbers

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

Category Offense
(rank)
Defense
(rank)
Efficiency Rating 109.1
(2nd)
102.0
(8th)
Rebound %
24.7
(22nd)
74.4
(12th)
Field Goal % 47.4
(5th)
45.3
(12th)
3-Point % 40.2
(1st)
36.9
(23rd)
Free Throw %
77.0
(13th)
76.0
(12th)
Turnover %
12.9
(6th)
12.7
(7th)
Assist %
59.4
(10th)
53.9
(3rd)
Category Offense
(rank)
Defense
(rank)
Efficiency Rating 104.0
(17th)
102.8
(10th)
Rebound %
28.5
(6th)
72.4
(21st)
Field Goal % 46.8
(7th)
45.7
(14th)
3-Point % 32.6
(29th)
37.3
(25th)
Free Throw %
75.5
(22nd)
76.4
(15th)
Turnover %
12.9
(6th)
15.7
(29th)
Assist %
52.4
(30th)
58.1
(10th)
Record Wins Losses
Overall 57 15
Conference 35 9
Division 10 4
Home 33 3
Away 24 12
Position Conference Division
Record 1st 1st
Lineups

Starters
PG: Tony Parker
SG: Manu Ginobili
SF: Richard Jefferson
PF: Antonio McDyess
C: Tiago Splitter

Key Bench Players
DeJuan Blair
George Hill
Gary Neal
Matt Bonner
Steve Novak

Record Wins Losses
Overall 40 33
Conference 24 19
Division 5 8
Home 25 10
Away 15 23
Position Conference Division
Record 8th 4th
Lineups

Starters
PG: Mike Conley
SG: Sam Young
SF: Shane Battier
PF: Zach Randolph
C: Marc Gasol

Key Bench Players
Tony Allen
O.J. Mayo
Darrell Arthur
Jason Williams
Hamed Haddadi

Matchup Analysis

Point Guard
Shooting Guard
Small Forward
Power Forward
Center
Bench
Coach

Intangibles
Mojo
Winner

Starters

PG: Parker needs to dominate Fisher and Conley and Williams. I fully expect Tony's stellar to continue tonight. Let's hope Frenchie can avoid the injury bug that seems to bite him whenever they play the Grizz.

SG: Manu by a mile. Young and Mayo don't hold a candle to The Sickness

SF: Battier is back with Memphis and will cause problems with Jefferson. RJ needs to pick it up a bit, but I think he'll be up for this match up.

PF: Antonio versus Randolph. McDyess has been big in the last two games for the Spurs. Let's hope he can keep it up against a very solid Big Z.

C: Splitter has shown some good signs, but I'll take the more experienced Gasol in this match up of foreign bigs.

Bench

Spurs have the edge here, but it's close. Neal, Bonner and Hill will need to show up to give the starters some solid support.

Coaching

Yeah, Pop.

Intangibles

Spurs are at the end of a three game roadie. They Spurs are looking to avoid a 3 game losing streak. The Grizz have been playing well including beating Boston on the road. Advantage Grizz.

Mojo

Spurs are not happy. You don't want to see the Spurs upset.

Prediction

Spurs pull out a close win.

Key(s) to the Game

Key 1 - Ball movement. The Spurs need keep up the ball movement to keep the Grizzlies defense off balance.

Key 2 - Threes - Spurs will need to hit their open threes and play some sort of perimeter defense.

Other Reading

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell

Spurs Planet

Project Spurs

Spurs Nation

OPPONENT

Straight Outta Vancouver (SB Nation)

Following Along

TV

FSSW

Radio

WOAI 1200AM; Audio League Pass[streaming]

Online

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