2:55 PM EDT, Mon April 24, 2017
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Reasons for Spurs fans to be optimistic against the Grizzlies

Reasons for Spurs fans to be optimistic against the Grizzlies

And this from a guy not exactly known for his optimism There’s a sense that with the first-round series against the resurgent Memphis Grizzlies tied 2-2 that perhaps it’s time for the Spurs —and by extension their fans— to panic. After all, in Game 4 they wasted what will be, in all likelihood not only Kawhi Leonard’s best overall game of the series but also Tony Parker’s. It’s not at all realistic to expect either of them to do that again. Me? I’m not as downcast about it as you might expect. A part of that may have to do with my eternal satisfaction with the 2014 title....
7 hours ago
The time is ripe for another classic Manu Ginobili Game 5

The time is ripe for another classic Manu Ginobili Game 5

The only question is whether he comes off the bench or starts. I started writing for Pounding the Rock a few summers ago. As you can imagine, the off-season summer months make it much harder to keep the website filled with articles. Late that summer, PtR Commander in Chief J.R. Wilco wrote a great piece about one his favorite games: The “Manu Game” —Game 5 of the first Spurs – Heat Finals. The series was tied at two games each, and Game Five was a must-win. Just as important for some Spurs fans, there was some fear that Game 5 might be Manu’s last home game, especially if...
19 hours ago
Kawhi Leonard could use some help

Kawhi Leonard could use some help

Kawhi didn’t deserve to lose game 4, but neither did the Grizzlies. A Matter of Grit and Inches After the Kawhi Leonard and Spurs lost game 4 to Mike Conley and the Grizzlies, I had to do something I’ve never done before. I had to explain a loss to a 5 year old. Although she’s watched games with me before, this is my daughter’s first real immersion into the emotional crucible of the playoffs. Saturday morning, she had put on the #2 Leonard shirt that she’d gotten before the playoffs started. Then the fourth quarter and overtime came and she watched her hero play like the...
Apr 23, 2017
Despite a monster game from Kawhi Leonard, Spurs lose game four to Grizzlies, 110-108

Despite a monster game from Kawhi Leonard, Spurs lose game four to Grizzlies, 110-108

Wow! What a game! It was a great win for the home team, with Memphis overcoming 22 turnovers and a Kawhi Leonard end-of-regulation torrent to even the series at two games apiece. The Grizzlies have been very impressive over the last 10 or so quarters. On paper they’re overmatched but they’ve played the last two games with incredible energy and desire. They’ve controlled the feel of the games, slowing things down and making the games ugly and ultra-physical. And it’s worked out for them. The consensus pick before the series was San Antonio in five, with many (including me)...
Apr 22, 2017
Spurs vs. Grizzlies, Final Score: Spurs fall to Grizzlies in OT, 110-108

Spurs vs. Grizzlies, Final Score: Spurs fall to Grizzlies in OT, 110-108

Amazing performances from Leonard and Parker weren’t enough to overcome the Grindhouse. The Spurs entered Game 4 of the first round of the playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies looking to make a statement after Gregg Popovich made it more than clear he was displeased with their effort level in Game 3. The first half followed the same M.O. as before, with the Spurs starting well enough before Memphis gained the momentum with an extended run between quarters and the Spurs barely recovering to keep it close at the half. The second half was much better as the Spurs continued to fight...
Apr 22, 2017
Dewayne Dedmon to miss Game 4 with illness

Dewayne Dedmon to miss Game 4 with illness

The Spurs’ starting center will miss a pivotal road game Not much went right for the Spurs Thursday night in a Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies in Memphis, and things won’t get any easier for San Antonio Saturday night in Game 4. Starting center Dewayne Dedmon has been ruled out with an illness. Dedmon hasn’t played a particularly crucial role in the first-round series with Memphis — he has recorded games of two, two and zero points in the first three contests — but certainly missing a starter doesn’t help the Spurs’ chances. San Antonio and Memphis are scheduled to tip off at 7...
Apr 22, 2017
Game 4 Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies

Game 4 Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies

The Spurs will look to bounce back from their Game 3 loss and take control of the series. Despite what you may have heard about the Golden State Warriors and last year’s Finals, 3-1 series leads are still a good thing, and markedly better than 2-2 ties. Deep down, the Spurs know this and, with the need to make adjustments for the first time, must also muster a sharper performance on both sides of the floor in order to get the job done. Zach Randolph’s impact upon moving to the starting lineup may have been the catalyst for Memphis, but San Antonio’s defensive issues extended beyond...
Apr 21, 2017
For those who doubt that Gregg Popovich has a sense of humor

For those who doubt that Gregg Popovich has a sense of humor

I don’t know anything about the context of this short video. I’m completely clueless as to the circumstances of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s evening run, or why he seems to enjoying himself so much during it. Some react to Pop’s cranky persona while being interviewed, but it’s certainly not the only side to him. Gregg Popovich is coming for you pic.twitter.com/IYjeoXIXDt— Ananth Pandian (@Ananth_Pandian) April 21, 2017 words
Apr 21, 2017
How the Spurs can respond to Grizzlies adjustments

How the Spurs can respond to Grizzlies adjustments

Fizdale backed his rant with key moves in the rotation. The Spurs must adjust. Something pivotal happened Wednesday night in Memphis, and it wasn’t the fans donning “Take That For Data” shirts. Grizzlies coach David Fizdale decided to play his four most experienced players together. Fizdale started the game with Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and James Ennis. Only Wayne Selden, JaMychal Green and Andrew Harrison got significant minutes off the bench. Fizdale was heralded this year for inserting Green into the starting lineup for Randolph. The move made sense as...
Apr 21, 2017
Spurs get rooked, rocked and rolled by Grizzlies in Game 3

Spurs get rooked, rocked and rolled by Grizzlies in Game 3

They’ve yet to win in Memphis in three tries this season First Round Game 3 @Memphis: Grizzlies 105, Spurs 94 Series: 2-1 SA The old adage about the playoffs is that a series doesn’t really begin until the home team loses. Baloney. It begins whenever both teams have a loss, period. That’s when the real adjustments are made and when the real attention gets paid. For a prohibitive favorite like the Spurs, who’d only beaten the Grizzlies 10 consecutive times in the playoffs going back to 2013, it was always going to take a defeat to get their antennae up, no matter how veteran-laden...
Apr 21, 2017
San Antonio vs. Memphis, Final Score: Spurs drop Game 3 to the Grizzlies, 105-94

San Antonio vs. Memphis, Final Score: Spurs drop Game 3 to the Grizzlies, 105-94

San Antonio’s poor shooting and Memphis’ stars big night sunk the Spurs in Game 3. The Spurs traveled to Memphis having protected their home court in the first two games of the series. This game would prove to be much different than the first two, as the Spurs failed to get their offense going and Memphis pounded the ball in the paint to pull away in the second half on their way to a 105-94 win. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 18 points in 30 minutes, and LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in a double double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Memphis’ classic “grit and grind” trio of Mike...
Apr 20, 2017
Kawhi Leonard is special ... he bleeds antifreeze?

Kawhi Leonard is special ... he bleeds antifreeze?

The Grizzlies’ coach went from data rants to robotic humor in less than 48 hours. Proving that he’s not just about data, Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale had some nice things to say about the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard. And then he tried to get funny. David Fizdale got jokes about Kawhi Leonard. "I think he bleeds antifreeze or something." pic.twitter.com/v82j8IRJPJ— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) April 20, 2017 Kawhi is special: agreed. But, Coach, you should know that those “Spurs are robots” jokes got old around Tim Duncan’s fifth year in the league. We appreciate...
Apr 20, 2017
The Secret to the Spurs Success

The Secret to the Spurs Success

Here are today’s best Spurs news and articles. Maybe you just thought the reason to the Spurs never-ending success is Tim Duncan was just an amazing player who defied Father Time and Gregg Popovich is one of the best coaches in the history of the sport, but you’d be wrong. In a hilarious satire, ballfromgrace of Grizzly Bear Blues takes us behind the scenes to the Spurs’ secret shrine beneath Alamo to discover the real reason their play never seems to digress. Former coaches weigh in on #TakeThatForData Mike Monroe of Bleacher Report talked to several former coaches about David...
Apr 20, 2017
Game 3 Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies

Game 3 Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies

A 3-0 lead is all the data the Spurs care about as the series shifts to Memphis. Immediately following Game 2, an embittered Dave Fizdale sat before members of the media and, for 80 inspired seconds, proceeded to rail against the game’s foul disparity and the lack of respect he felt his team received. The Internet couldn’t have fallen in love with his pithy epilogue any more had he declared then and there that he was The Batman. Never mind that Memphis had the NBA’s worst opponent free-throw rate in the regular season, or that his comparison of “the league’s most rugged guy”...
Apr 19, 2017
The Grizzlies foul a lot and the Spurs don’t — not just against each other, but all season long

The Grizzlies foul a lot and the Spurs don’t — not just against each other, but all season long

Memphis is being called for the fouls they’re used to committing. That shouldn’t surprise anyone, least of all a data-driven head coach. After having watched all or most of 13 postseason games so far, I believe the only rational reaction is “Man, what even are these playoffs?” Small sample sizes, to be sure, but here’s a brief snapshot in time of where we are: The Curry brothers are worse at shooting threes than the Gasol brothers. Kawhi Leonard isn’t even the best three-point shooter from his high school, but he is essentially DeAndre Jordan inside the paint, Michael...