Oh, the 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals, we meet again, old friend. There will be temptations galore to expect the worst for the Spurs from here on out, considering not only what happened to them last year from Game 3 on, but also the way the Grizzlies came back from down 0-2 to the Clippers in the first round, and finally the fact that the Spurs almost collapsed in the fourth quarter against the Grizzles in Game 2, leading the assorted television punditry to claim that Memphis figured things out.
So I snuck into the Lionel Hollins' office and stole the list of things he's "figured out."
1. The Spurs are worse when Tim Duncan doesn't play.
9/10... Parker is getting whatever he wants, basically, and the Grizzlies really have no answer for him. So far the best answer for stopping him seems to be "play the Spurs twice in three days and wait for the second half."
3: Ginobili destroyed Allen two years ago playing with a broken arm. No, he's not the same player now, but, again, the initial defender doesn't matter all that much against Manu since he always relies on that screen anyway. With Manu it's about how well a defense plays as a team to cut off his penetration and how they play him on the pick-and-roll. I'm not saying he's going to have a big series vs. the Grizzlies or anything, but how well he plays will depend more on him (and his shot/decision making) and the Grizzlies bigs than Allen.
*If Pop dials it back a couple of notches with Bonner and Neal.