According to KSAT.com, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker received death threats during Game 1 against the Mempis Grizzlies. Reportedly, the death threats came in with five minutes left in the game an security was ramped up during the game.
The stage is set and the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies meet once again in the postseason but this time for a shot at playing in the NBA Finals.
Each team fought two tough teams but emerged from the pack, ready to bring home an NBA title. For the Spurs, it is a chance to bring a fifth title to the Alamo City and for the Grizzlies, a chance to capture their first title in franchise history.
Check out the road to the West Finals for San Antonio and Memphis. For Spurs fans, it'll be a nice way to get pumped up for Game 2 after San Antonio easily dispatched Memphis in Game 1.no comments
AT&T Center -- Heading into Game 1 of the 2013 Western Conference Finals, the San Antonio Spurs knew Memphis Grizzlies' Tony Allen was going to be a problem defensively. He came into the series ranked second in the league during the playoffs in steals (2.27) and is the player on the Memphis roster who will routinely defend the opposing team's best player and does a good job of it too.
Over the last three seasons, the Memphis Grizzlies offense has never really hummed, but it doesn't sputter much either because of the work Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph do inside. This was never more evident than in the 2011 playoffs, when Randolph shredded the San Antonio Spurs as Memphis eliminated the silver and black in six games.
The 2013 Western Conference Finals is already off to a better start than the 2011 first round series, thanks in part to the work the Spurs' defense did on Randolph.no comments
Defending the Los Angeles Clippers and the Russell Westbrook-less Oklahoma City Thunder required strong defensive execution, to be sure, but Memphis only needed to prod and neutralize a few potent threats rather than many. They did so effectively, limiting both top shelf offenses to 99.9 points per 100 possessions.
Ask any San Antonio Spurs fan and they’ll tell you that the bad taste is still firmly planted in their mouths. It’s the recurring nightmare that simply won’t go away.
After the Spurs finished the season with the #1 seed in the Western Conference and went 61-21 on the season, they faced an underrated Grizzlies team that immediately stole home court in Game 1 with Manu Ginobili still out and finished off the Spurs in six games.
When previewing this series, many writers and broadcasters are making the mistake of using the 2011 series as a gauge of what to expect this time around, but both teams are very different, and this Spurs squad is undeniably better than the team the Spurs trotted out in 2011. The Spurs were set at point guard with George Hill, but had an injured Ginobili backed up by Neal at shooting guard, an underperforming Richard Jefferson and Steve Novak at the three. Tim Duncan, Antonio McDyess, DeJuan Blair and Matt Bonner were left to contend with the likes of Marc Gasol, Zack Randolph and Darrel Arthur.no comments
AT&T Center – Coming into Game 1 of the San Antonio Spurs’ Western Conference playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies, Memphis big men Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol were averaging a combined 38 points, 17.2 rebounds, 13 Free throw attempts, shooting 49% from the field, and drawing 12.8 fouls per game.
After 48 minutes of Game 1 and the Grizzlies falling by 22 points, Gasol and Randolph finished with a combined 17 points, 14 rebounds, 2 free throw attempts, and shot 29% from the field.
“We tried to play aggressive especially on Marc and Zach,” said Spurs forward Tiago Splitter after the game. “Just try to deny them. Whenever they got the ball, everybody was closing a little bit too. The smalls help us a lot too.”no comments
AT&T CENTER--Two years ago, when these two teams last met in the playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs were in the midst of an identity crises, transitioning from a style of play Tim Duncan's body could no longer sustain and finding themselves again through Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and a bevy of shooters.
In 2011 the defensive foundations that have held the franchise up for over a decade were sacrificed in the name of offensive brilliance. The offense took quickly, earning the Spurs the top seed, but implementing a new system on the run also meant that execution was far from second nature. Hit the Spurs hard enough and those offensive principles--not quite yet a part of players' muscle memories--were quickly abandoned.
These Spurs are different. If 2011 marked the beginning of the rebuild, these Spurs are at last complete and comfortable in their own skin. The system has been installed and hardwired into the DNA of the team, while the hardware has been upgraded to provide the same defensive excellence once expected of a team coached by Gregg Popovich. This rematch, set in the Western Conference Finals, would be the perfect opportunity to see how far the team has come.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs (8-2) and Memphis Grizzlies (8-3) will kick off the Western Conference Finals today in San Antonio in a clash of West powerhouses. The last time these two teams faced off in the postseason, the Grizzlies upset the No. 1 seeded Spurs in the 2011 NBA Playoffs first-round.
The Spurs are coming off a 94-82 win over the Warriors in Game 6 in Oakland to win the semifinals series. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 19 points while Kawhi Leonard finished with 10 rebounds.
The Grizzlies are coming off an 88-84 win over the Thunder to close out their semifinals series in five games. Zach Randolph led Memphis with 28 points and 14 rebounds in the win.
And as the Spurs and Grizzlies get set to clash this afternoon, here are five things to watch for during today's game:
• Grizzlies' Mike Conley is averaging a career-best 17.6 points and 7.6 assists a game in the postseason.
• The Spurs are 4-0 at home in the postseason when leading at halftime.no comments
With 21 combined games in the 2013 playoff data bag between the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies, it’s now time to look at what the data is saying as the Western Conference Finals approach Sunday.
Remember, this is all quantitative data and like the last series between the Spurs and Golden State Warriors, the numbers were predicting a sweep or five game series. However, when you look at qualitative evidence, you might or the Spurs might not have known Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were going to explode in games one and two. Quantitative data didn’t predict Harrison Barnes would be in the company of Tim Duncan and Magic Johnson in Game 5.
So here are the numbers on the eve of the Western Conference Finals. Look, analyze, and dissect them, but do not rely on them because as the Warriors proved, numbers will change once the ball is tipped.
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