5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Grizzlies

The San Antonio Spurs (0-0) will kick off their season opener tonight in San Antonio as they host the Memphis Grizzlies (0-0).

The Spurs will be looking for redemption this new season after losing in the NBA Finals in Game 7 to the Heat. With new additions such as Marco Belinelli, and Jeff Ayres, the Spurs will look to once again capture title No. 5.

The Grizzlies remained relatively in tact only adding former player Mike Miller, Kosta Koufos from Denver and Nick Calathes. Memphis still boasts a formidable duo in the paint – Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph – and guard Mike Conley rounds out the team's core. New head coach Dave Joerger will do what it takes to ensure Memphis remains one of the best in the West.

And as the Spurs take their first steps back to the NBA Finals, here are five things to watch for during tonight's game.

• Tony Parker averaged a team-best 25.5 points versus Memphis last season.

• The Grizzlies have lost all 12 of their season openers since relocating to Memphis and are 2‐16 overall on opening night.

• Memphis’ last victory in San Antonio – regular season or postseason – came in Game 1 of the opening round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs.

• The Grizzlies have gone 40‐4 over the last two seasons when scoring at least 100 points.

• San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has guided the Spurs to a 15-1 record in season openers, the most wins on opening night among active NBA coaches.

5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Grizzlies

The San Antonio Spurs (13-4) will return to San Antonio and host the Southwest Division leading Memphis Grizzlies (12-2) at the AT&T Center.

The Spurs are coming off an extended six-game road trip where it ended in controversy when head coach Gregg Popovich sat out Tim Duncan, Danny Green, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker against the Heat resulting in the NBA fining the team $250,000. Though the Spurs lost 100-105, the team's second unit gave the Heat's starters a scare and played admirably throughout the game.

The Grizzlies are coming off a win over the Pistons where Rudy Gay finished with a game-high 18 points. Marc Gasol grabbed 11 rebounds and Mike Conley scored 17 points in the win.

And as these two top teams in the Southwest Division get set to clash tonight in San Antonio, here are five things to watch for during the game:

• Memphis has lost 14 of their last 15 regular-season games in San Antonio.

• Memphis averages a whopping 9.38 steals per game good for second in the NBA.

• Memphis is holding teams to 91.1 points per game good for second in the NBA.

• San Antonio's Manu Ginobili is 12 points away from surpassing James Silas into sixth place on the Spurs all-time points list.

• San Antonio is 1-2 at home when scoring more fast break points than their opponent.
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