Playoffs Round 1, Game 6 Preview: San Antonio Spurs @ Memphis Grizzlies - Spurs look to extend series and season

Hope. Neal gave the Spurs hope. 5 minutes of it. Parker and company gave us all 48 minutes more hope after overtime on Wednesday. Can the team from the Alamo City keep the hope alive? The Spurs have the talent to win. They can dominate at times, but it's clear that this Memphis team is not intimidated and will not be going away because we wish it so. As a Spurs fan, all we want is another chance to hope, to believe, to cheer and to enjoy our team.

After San Antonio staved off elimination in Game 5, they will face a much tougher task in Memphis. Beating the Grizzlies in South Texas is a little different than winning in Western Tennessee. The crowd will be in it, the refs will not be calling things your way and their role players are going to play better. This will not be a walk in the park, but the Spurs have the chance to plant the seed of doubt in heads of the Grizz.

If they Spurs do not shrink, if they play with the level of focus and intensity we all know they are capable of they might just put that shadow of doubt in the back of Memphis' mind. I have a feeling that even if the Spurs come out strong the Grizzlies will not back down at home. It's going to be a fight and I'm happy that we've got our guys on our side.


"Why give up? Why give in?"

Jordan did such a good job with the last preview I'm going to steal his ideas.

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San Antonio Spurs @ Memphis Grizzlies
Where: FedEx
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When: April 29, 2011 8:00 PM Spurs Time - Timezone Converter
Watch: ESPN / FSSW


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By the Numbers

Data sources:
Jordan's Brain

Category Offense
(rank)
Defense
(rank)
Efficiency Rating Bad
(2nd)
Worse
(2nd)
Rebound %
Bad
(2nd)
Worse
(2nd)
Field Goal % Bad
(2nd)
Worse
(2nd)
3-Point % Bad
(2nd)
Worse
(2nd)
Free Throw %
Bad
(2nd)
Worse
(2nd)
Turnover %
Bad
(2nd)
Worse
(2nd)
Assist %
Bad
(2nd)
Worse
(2nd)
Category Offense
(rank)
Defense
(rank)
Efficiency Rating Good
(1st)
Better
(1st)
Rebound %
Good
(1st)
Better
(1st)
Field Goal % Good
(1st)
Better
(1st)
3-Point % Good
(1st)
Better
(1st)
Free Throw %
Good
(1st)
Better
(1st)
Turnover %
Good
(1st)
Better
(1st)
Assist %
Good
(1st)
Better
(1st)
Record Wins Losses
Overall 2 3
Conference 2 3
Division 2 3
Home 2 1
Away 0
2
Position Conference Division
Record Crappy Awful
Lineups

Starters
PG: Tony Parker
SG: Manu Ginobili
SF: Richard Jefferson
PF: Antonio McDyess
C: Tim Duncan

Key Bench Players
DeJuan Blair
Tiago Splitter
George Hill
Gary Neal

Record Wins Losses
Overall 3
2
Conference 3
2
Division 3
2
Home 2
0
Away 1 2
Position Conference Division
Record Ok
Better than us
Lineups

Starters
PG: Mike Conley
SG: Tony Allen
SF: Sam Young
PF: Zach Randolph
C: Marc Gasol

Key Bench Players
Shane Battier
O.J. Mayo
Darrell Arthur


Matchup Analysis


Point Guard
Shooting Guard

Small Forward

Power Forward
Center
Bench
Coach

Intangibles
Mojo
Winner

Starters

PG: Parker played very well in Game 5. Conley couldn't miss in the first half, but he tailed off in the 2nd half. I see this as a very important match up. Whoever is more agressive helps their team more.

SG: Manu came out and went off on the Grizz in Game 5. Allen was a non-factor. I look for Manu to continue his stellar play and Allen to bounce back.

SF: Rage is not having a great series. He did make some good plays late in Game 5 including a clutch rebound late in the game. Princess Peanut needs to play better defense on Young and Battier.

PF: Antonio didn't shut down Randolph, but he did make his life very difficult late in the game overtime. More stellar defense would be nice. Dice has had a rough series, it'd be nice to see him have a solid game. Randolph is going to get his, hopefully Dice and Co. can limit him.

C: Timmeh came out gangbusters in Game 5, but was soon forgotten. I'd like to see more dump downs when Memphis makes their run. Gasol has been effective, let's see if the Spurs can get him in foul trouble.

Bench

. His size has helped the defense and on offense he's causing trouble for Memphis. Matt Bonner looked good early, but faded late in Game 5. George Hill was really good in the 2nd half of Game 5. Let's hope Cubits can put a solid 48 minutes. Battier, Arthur and Mayo will most assuredly have better games at home.

Coaching

Pass. Hollins has been really good. See the 3rd quarter of Game 5. Pop has been so-so. He finally got Splitter in the game and drew up and nice play for Neal. I guess tonight may decide who's got the edge.

Intangibles

They've won more than we have

Mojo

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Prediction

Spurs win...somehow

Key(s) to the Game

Key 1 - Get the lead.

Key 2 - Don't lose the lead.

Other Reading

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell - We know one writer over there isn't giving a game to Memphis

Spurs Planet - Our old friend Wayne Vore is back.

Project Spurs

Spurs Nation

OPPONENT

Straight outta Vancouver (SB Nation)

Following Along

TV

ESPN - FSSW

Radio

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