The game was the Spurs, but the Grizzlies never gave up. So much so that San Antonio came to dominate by 26 points in the second straight quarter final and Memphis managed to get only 4 at the beginning of the last period. A comeback that did not finally reach a good port.
Spurs to make it 2-0. A triumph based on a remarkable defensive work and in a party in attack of Kawhi Leonard, that broke his mark annotating in playoffs after to have 37 points.
Spurs 96 Grizzlies 82 (2-0)
San Antonio did not fail. I knew that the work in the rear would be the key to get 2-0 and it was. The Texan team did a great defensive work, dominated the match, had a splendid Kawhi Leonard and knew to work in the few delicate moments that had the encounter.
Leonard was a perfect machine to make good basketball. The forward finished the game with 37 points, 11 rebounds and an immaculate 19 of 19 from the free throws.
It was the spearhead of a dominant first part of San Antonio. That domain was translated at times into an overwhelming situation for the rival. Score of 56-30 in the final straight of the second quarter! Dominate by 26 points without getting to rest! Finished the first half: a comfortable 56-37. All the fish seemed sold, but it was not, in the sense that Memphis came out with another air after the break.
The Grizzlies reacted in the resumption and did so that they got to get 4 points in the fourth quarter (75-71), but there the voice of the experience finished the match.
Tony Parker and Pau Gasol triples brought the situation back to the pitch and they definitely left out Memphis, who returned to play without Tony Allen.
In addition to Leonard, Tony Parker contributed 15 points in 24 minutes. He is seen in his salsa in the playoffs, nothing to do with the regular-stage Parker. Danny Green scored 4 triples, LaMarcus Aldridge did not have a happy day in attack and Pau Gasol worked well: 10 points and 5 rebounds with 4 of 6 in the shot and 2 triples without failure. He played the Spaniard 30 minutes, the third that most did in his team.
Meanwhile, Manu Ginóbili was left without scoring in 19 minutes. That yes, obtained 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Memphis had Mike Conley in 24 points and 8 assists and Zach Randolph in 18 points and 10 rebounds. This time, Marc Gasol was well held, finishing the Spanish with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 of 15 at the launch.
At the end of the game, David Fizdale, visiting coach, complained about the performance, but that does not mean that Spurs deserved the victory.