San Antonio Spurs @ Memphis GrizzliesFedExForum, Memphis, TN
April 1, 2013, 7:00 PM Spurs Time
TV: NBATV - RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI
The San Antonio Spurs continue a brutal stretch of their schedule as they visit the Memphis Grizzlies. This is a SEGABABA, part of both a FOGAFINI and the second game of a FIGASENI, which also features the Heat (Sunday's 88-86 loss), Grizzlies, Magic, and Thunder, with all but Orlando being an elite team.
While the Spurs have a comfortable lead on the Grizzlies for the Southwest Division, the two teams aren't playing like they're first and second in the division respectively. The Spurs have had to play four straight games headed down to the wire, going 2-2 in that stretch (allowing game-winning shots by James Harden and Chris Bosh, while Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan both hit big shots in the Spurs wins). Meanwhile the Grizzlies, while back on the winning track, have recently dropped games to New Orleans and surrendered a career high 47 points for John Wall en route to a loss against the Wizards. Both teams are hurting, and they can't wait until the playoffs begin; Ginobili is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury, while Marc Gasol is playing through a torn abdominal muscle.
That said, the Grizzlies made a trade that, in my opinion, improved their chances at title contention. Although their trading of their bench mob of Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington to the Cavaliers for cap relief met with mixed results, trading "star" Rudy Gay to Toronto (in quotes because he's a bit ... inefficient) for a package involving former Piston Tayshaun Prince (last remaining member of the 2004 champs) and young big man Ed Davis has done them well. They move the ball better, they get their high-low game with Gasol and Zach Randolph going, while Jerryd Bayless has looked like a competent sixth man. All without sacrificing an iota of their second best defense.
The Spurs need to take care of the ball, prevent their ball handlers (especially Tony Parker) from being caught in a trap, and hit open shots, particularly from 3 point land, to have a chance of stealing the game and securing the season series.
Grizzlies perspective can be found here: Grizzly Bear Blues
Game Prediction: Spurs by 2. Timmy gets another big game.
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