WESTERN CONFERENCE 1ST ROUND - GAME 2 - SA leads 2-0

Nick Mcbride
April 18, 2017

After the Spurs routed the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, 111-82, Patty Mills said he expects things to get very physical in Game 2. The Spurs held the Grizzlies to 39.2 percent shooting from the field.

Tony hit two consecutive threes early in the second, and went to the bench grinning when Memphis called time. "At that time, they were making every shot".

The problem for the Spurs is that they don't have anyone to stop the guy. At 11-for-14 from the floor and 9-for-9 from the line, Leonard now has a 89.1% true shooting percentage through one playoff game. Less than halfway through the first quarter, they were down 22-9 following a transition dunk from the ageless Vince Carter.

San Antonio had a better start than in Game 1.

Spurs: San Antonio is 15-4 against Memphis in the postseason. They didn't even do it by forcing turnovers, just relying on their trademark fundamentals to smother everyone not named Marc Gasol.

James shrugged off the late collapse, just as he did when the Cavaliers squeaked past the Pacers by a point in game one when a buzzer beater from Pacers' guard CJ Miles missed.

Speaking of Marc Gasol, he was unbelievable, matching Leonard's 32 points nearly as efficiently, but he got almost nothing from the rest of his team. "Being more patient, seeing where the guys are coming from, starting to bait on the other team, start getting the hockey assists". Memphis barely managed to score that much, and this after scoring 30 in the first quarter.

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The Spurs put together a complete performance on Saturday night.

Receiving a balanced amount of help from teammates, Leonard was a pest on defense and did his share of the dirty work by grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with a great night shooting.

Memphis needs to attack those pairings whenever possible. He's out indefinitely with a calf injury, and Leonard took advantage for his fourth career playoff game of 30-plus points. The Spurs only had 12 points in the paint, but got two 3-pointers from Parker and Danny Green, in building a 26-point lead in the first half. Leonard scored those 37 points on just 14 shot attempts by going 19-of-19 from the free throw line, becoming only the third player in National Basketball Association history to shoot at least 19 free throws and make all of them in a playoff game. He's been inconsistent this season to say the least, and the Spurs haven't suffered because of it. Truth be told, he made all his defenders look bad in this game, and it should be more of the same as long as Allen is out.

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