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The Memphis Grizzlies overpower the New Orleans Pelicans, 107-103

The Memphis Grizzlies overpower the New Orleans Pelicans, 107-103

The Memphis Grizzlies are currently in the midst of recovering from one of their worst seasons ever as they finished last year with a 22-60 record.  Last time they had a record that bad was back in the 2007-2008 season, the year before they drafted Marc Gasol.  The Grizzlies are coming fresh off a 96-86 win that earned over the impressive Los Angeles Clippers, who are also recovering from a disappointing previous season.  The Grizzlies will look to grab a second straight win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

As for the Pelicans, their season isn’t going as they planned as they are sitting at the eleventh spot in the Western Conference with a 13-13 record.  Last year, they made the Playoffs but fell to the Golden State Warriors in the Semifinals, 1-4.  Since then, they have been without DeMarcus Cousins, who averaged twenty-five points a game in the two seasons he spent with them.

The Memphis Grizzlies and the New Orleans Pelicans have battled each other a total of 60 times in the past as the Pelicans defeated the Grizzlies 32 times while the Pelicans captured 28 wins.  This meeting between the two teams tonight will mark the first of four times that these two ball clubs will see each other during this season.  Last season, the regular-season series between these teams were tied at two apiece.

INACTIVES:

Memphis Grizzlies:

-Dillon Brooks (knee; 6.8 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 40.9 FG%, 36.8 3P%, 77.8 FT%)
-Chandler Parsons (knee; 5.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.7 APG, 41.2 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Wayne Selden (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 41.1 FG%, 34.1 3P%, 86.7 FT%)
-D.J. Stephens (coach’s decision)
-Jevon Carter (G-League)
-Ivan Rabb (G-League; 2.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.7 APG, 61.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 60.0 FT%)
-Yuta Watanabe (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Nikola Mirotic (illness; 18.9 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.1 APG, 46.5 FG%, 36.4 3P%, 83.8 FT%)
-Elfrid Payton (finger; 9.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 5.3 APG, 47.1 FG%, 42.9 3P%, 63.6 FT%)
-Ian Clark (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, 37.0 FG%, 31.1 3P%, 90.0 FT%)
-Andrew Harrison (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 31.0 FG%, 20.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Wesley Johnson (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.8 APG, 42.1 FG%, 43.2 3P%, 83.3 FT%)
-Jahlil Okafor (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.1 APG, 50.0 FG%, 100.0 FT%)
-Trevon Bluiett (G-League)
-Frank Jackson (G-League; 4.3 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 36.5 FG%, 29.6 3P%, 71.4 FT%)
-Kenrich Williams (0.8 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

Both teams made it very clear that this will not be a game that one would run away with as the Grizzlies closed the first quarter out with a 31-30 lead.  The New Orleans Pelicans  ended up shooting 55 percent from the field in the first half while the Memphis Grizzlies completed 49 percent of their shots.  Marc Gasol chalked up 12 points in the first half, earning four of those points from the free-throw line.  This would mark Joakim Noah’s second game in a Grizzlies uniform as he scored four points in his season debut against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Noah looked a little better this time around as he put up nine points on 80 percent shooting.  He also had four defensive rebounds and two assists as he came off the bench.  Mike Conley, who is averaging a career-high 21 points this season, struggled from the field as he made only 2 of his 6 shots, finishing the game with nine points.  Former Philadelphia 76ers guard Shelvin Mack played the most minutes off the bench but was held scoreless, only attempting 3 shots.

As for the Pelicans, Anthony Davis tallied 6 points in the first quarter and 13 points in the second quarter.  He shot 73 percent from the field while pulling down six rebounds, committed one steal, and preventing three shots from going in.  Julius Randle, who averaged 19 points for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, scored 13 points while Jrue Holiday chipped in 12 points.  E’Twaun Moore played 11 eleven minutes off the bench but only had two points to show for it as the home team walked into the locker room with a tight 60-58 lead over the Memphis team.

The Grizzlies would take it upon themselves to close things out as they sparked up a 49 to 43 run, limiting the Louisiana team to just 36 percent shooting.  JaMychal Green scored 13 points off the bench while New York-native Kyle Anderson had 12 points.  Both Green and Anderson had a three-pointer in the third quarter while shooting 71 percent from the field each.  Marc Gasol and Mike Conley would be limited to just three points each but Conley would take his from the charity stripe while Gasol had a trey.

Randle tried his best to keep the Pelicans involved with 13 points, along with 9 rebounds and 2 steals.  But it wouldn’t help that he had two turnovers.  Davis, who has averaged a double-double in all but one of his seasons (his first season), was kept to just six points on 20 percent shooting.  But he did have 5 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block in the final 17 minutes that he played.  Holiday helped out with 8 points but it was Memphis Grizzlies who pulled away with a 107-103 win.  JaMychal Green finished with a season-high 24 points, along with 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and a season-high three 3-pointers.  Julius Randle had 26 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Memphis Grizzlies will host LeBron James (28.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 6.6 APG, 52.5 FG%, 36.9 3P%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (15-9) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the first of three times that these two teams will fight each other this season.  They tied the regular-season series up two apiece last season.

The New Orleans Pelicans will travel to Michigan to take on Blake Griffin (24.9 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 5.0 APG, 46.4 FG%, 36.2 3P%) and the Detroit Pistons (13-9) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that these squads will see each other this season.  The Pelicans were able to sweep the Pistons last season in their regular-season series, 2-0.

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The San Antonio Spurs pull away with a win over the Memphis Grizzlies, winning the series 4-2

The San Antonio Spurs pull away with a win over the Memphis Grizzlies, winning the series 4-2

Last night marked the sixth game between San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the San Antonio Spurs as they hand the Grizzlies a 111 to 82 blowout loss.  In that game, Kawhi Leonard scored thirty-two points, pulled down three rebounds and dished off five assists.  Marc Gasol would finish with thirty-two points, five rebounds and two assists.  The Spurs would also go on to win the second game with a 96-82 score.  Kawhi Leonard would put up thirty-seven points, eleven rebounds and two assists.  Mike Conley would settle for twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  The Grizzlies would bounce back with a Game 3 win over the Texas team, handing the Spurs a 105 to 94 loss.  In that game, Mike Conley would put up twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard would score eighteen points, four rebounds and three assists.  Game 4 would also be a victory for the Memphis team as they pull away with a 110-108 win in overtime.  Mike Conley would chalk up thirty-five points, nine rebounds and eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard would end up with forty-three points, eight rebounds and three assists.  San Antonio would go on to win the last game, though, as they escape with a 116 to 103 victory.  Kawhi Leonard would put up twenty-eight points, one rebound and six assists.  Mike Conley would settle for twenty-six points, two rebounds and six assists.  The Memphis Grizzlies looked to survive another game last night as they faced the San Antonio Spurs in the FedEx Forum.

The game would start off right for the Spurs as point guard Tony Parker got hot for eleven points, including one three-pointer.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field in the quarter.  Kawhi Leonard would contribute with six points, along with two rebounds.  Danny Green would knock down a three-pointer as LaMarcus Aldridge would shoot twenty-five percent from the field, collecting only two points but he would work for three defensive rebounds.  On the other end of the court, eight-time All-Star, Vince Carter, would chalk up seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Andrew Harrison would come off the bench to knock down two three-pointers but it was the Spurs who ended the first period with a 24 to 22 lead.  Memphis would go on a 28-21 run in the second quarter as Marc Gasol throws up nine points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Gasol would earn three of those points from behind the three-point line.  Mike Conley would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself five points which would contain one three-pointer.  Zach Randolph would contribute with only four points, but he would crash the boards for four defensive rebounds.  As for the San Antonio team, the 2013-2014 NBA Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard, would try to keep his team back in it as he drops nine points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Aldridge and Parker would each put up four points but it was the home team that walked into halftime with a 50-45 lead.

The Spurs would return the favor with a 30 to 24 run in the third period as former Trail Blazers player, LaMarcus Aldridge, would chalk up nine points, along with a total of four rebounds.  Tony Parker would pitch in with six points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Leonard would only to be held to four points, which he would all get from the free-throw line, but he managed to grab four rebounds to add to his stat sheet.  Mike Conley would try to keep the home team in it as he puts up seven points, collecting three of them from behind the arc.  James Ennis would knock down two three-pointers, as he receives six points but it was the visitors who went into the last quarter with a 75 to 74 lead.  The Texas team would close things out in the fourth period as they go on a 28-22 run.  Kawhi Leonard would heat up for ten points, taking three of them from beyond the arc.  Parker would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, earning himself six points.  As for the Memphis team, Conley would put up eleven points but it wasn’t enough as the San Antonio Spurs pull away with a 103 to 96 win over the Memphis Grizzlies and winning the series, 4-2.  Kawhi Leonard finished with twenty-nine points, nine rebounds and four assists.  Mike Conley would end up with twenty-six points, two rebounds and five assists.

The San Antonio Spurs easily coast past the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 3-2 lead in series

The San Antonio Spurs easily coast past the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked the fifth game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  Game 1 was a victory for the Spurs as they hand Memphis a 111 to 82 blowout loss.  In that game, Kawhi Leonard scored thirty-two points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out five assists.  Marc Gasol would put up thirty-two points, five rebounds and two assists.  The Spurs would win the second game, as well, pulling away with a 96 to 82 score.  Kawhi Leonard finished with thirty-seven points, eleven rebounds and two assists.  Mike Conley ended up with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  The Memphis Grizzlies would bounce back in Game 3 as they defeat the San Antonio Spurs with a 105-94 victory.  In that game, Mike Conley scored twenty-four points, pulled down one rebound and got off eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard ended up with eighteen points, four rebounds and three assists.  Memphis would pull off an 110-108 overtime win in Game 4 against the Texas team.  Mike Conley would put up thirty-five points, nine rebounds and eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard finished with forty-three points, eight rebounds and three assists.  Each team looked to grab a 3-2 lead in series as they faced off in San Antonio last night.

The score would be held close in the first quarter of the game as both teams would put up twenty-three points in the period.  Two-time All-Star, Manu Ginobili, would come off the bench to drop eight points for the San Antonio Spurs.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, knocking down one three-pointer to go along with it.  Kawhi Leonard would contribute with five points, but would only shoot thirty-three percent from the field.  On the other end of the floor, Marc Gasol would put up seven points, shooting fifty percent from the field.  Former Heat player, James Ennis, would contribute with five points, which would include one three-pointer.  Mike Conley would also drop five points, collecting three of those from beyond the arc as both teams end the first quarter with a 23-23 tied game.  The home team would go on a 32 to 26 run in the second quarter as two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard, puts up seven points which would hold one three-pointer.  LaMarcus Aldridge would shoot fifty percent from the field, earning himself six points, along with three rebounds.  Point guard Tony Parker would shoot a perfect one-hundred from the field, collecting six points which would all come from behind the three-point line.  As for the Memphis Grizzlies, Vince Carter would chalk up eight points, three coming from behind the arc and the other five coming from the free-throw line.  Ennis would collect six more points, which would contain one three-pointer.  Zach Randolph would shoot forty-three percent from the field, also receiving six points but it was the Texas team that went into halftime with a 55-49 advantage.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as the Spurs go on a 32 to 27 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Leonard would chalk up eight points, collecting six of those from behind the three-point line.  Tony Parker would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, but would only receive six points.  Aldridge would earn four points, along with bench player Pau Gasol, both shooting fifty percent from the field.  On the other end, Indiana-native Mike Conley would get hot for seventeen points, containing one three-pointer but it was the Texas team that ended the third period with a commanding 87-76 lead.  The Spurs would easily close things out in the last quarter as former Trail Blazers, Patty Mills, would light the floor up with twelve points which all from behind the three-point line.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, 116 to 103, taking a 3-2 lead in series.  Kawhi Leonard would finish with twenty-eight points, one rebound and six assists (his new Playoff career-high).  Mike Conley would end up with twenty-six points, two rebounds and six assists.

The Memphis Grizzlies defeat the San Antonio Spurs, preventing the Spurs from taking a 3-0 lead in series

The Memphis Grizzlies defeat the San Antonio Spurs, preventing the Spurs from taking a 3-0 lead in series

After a Game 2 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies head coach, David Fizdale, went on a rant during the press conference about the poor officiating that took place during the game.  He was later fined $30,000 by the NBA for his comments.  The Grizzlies looked to prevent the Spurs from taking a 3-0 lead in the series last night.  Game 1 was a blowout victory for the Spurs as they won, 111-82.  Kawhi Leonard finished with thirty-two points, three rebounds and five assists.  Marc Gasol finished with thirty-two points, five rebounds and two assists.  In the second game, Spurs would defeat the Grizzlies, as well, with a 96 to 82 win.  In that game, Kawhi Leonard scored thirty-seven points, eleven rebounds and two assists.  Mike Conley ended up with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  The Spurs looked to take a 3-0 lead in the series last night in Memphis.

Each team would start off hot as they each score 21 points in the first quarter.  Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge would drop six points each, as Patty Mills comes off the bench to knock down two 3-pointers to earn himself six points, as well.  As for the other team, James Ennis, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley would each drop five points.  Gasol and Conley would earn three of theirs from beyond the arc, though.  The Grizzlies would go on a 29 to 25 run in the second period as former Trail Blazers, Zach Randolph, lights the floor up with eleven points, containing one 3-pointer.  Marc Gasol would shoot 60% from the field, earning himself six points, while JaMychal Green comes off the bench to collect four points.  Kawhi Leonard would try to keep his team in it as he would chalk up ten points, which held two 3-pointers.  He would shoot 60% from the field as Danny Green and bench player, Kyle Anderson, would each earn themselves four points but it was the home team that went into halftime with a 50-46 lead.  Memphis would spark a huge 31 to 17 run in the third as Randolph, Gasol and Conley would each drop eight points.  Gasol and Conley would, once again, earn three of their points from behind the three-point line.  Zach Randolph would also add three rebounds to his stat sheet.  LaMarcus Aldridge would collect eight points to help his Texas team out as Pau Gasol, Patty Mills and Kyle Anderson would come off the bench to each score three points.  But it was the Grizzlies who would go into the last quarter with a huge 81-63 advantage.  The Spurs would attempt to climb back as Jonathon Simmons comes off the bench to drop ten points, which would include two 3-pointers but, with the help of Conley’s nine points in the quarter, the Grizzlies would close it out with a 105-94 win, making the series 2-1.  Mike Conley would finish with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard would end up with eighteen points, four rebounds and three assists.

The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 2-0 lead in series

The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 2-0 lead in series

Last night marked Game 2 between the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs in their Playoffs series.  Game 1 was a blow out as the Spurs defeated the Grizzlies, 111-82 in San Antonio.  In that game, Kawhi Leonard scored thirty-two points, pulled down three rebounds and dished out five assists.  Marc Gasol scored thirty-two points, pulled down five rebounds and dished out two assists.  The San Antonio Spurs would look to take a 2-0 lead in Texas as they host the Grizzlies again.

The San Antonio Spurs would start the game off right as two-time All-Star, Kawhi Leonard, drops ten points, shooting 75% from the field.  LaMarcus Aldridge would help out as he puts up five points, which would mainly come from the free-throw line.  On the other end, Mike Conley would earn eight points which would contain one 3-pointer but it would be the home team that ended the first quarter with a 29 to 16 lead.  In the second period, Leonard would collect eight more points, only shooting 33% from the field.  The 2003-2004 Most Improved Player, Zach Randolph, would come off the bench to drop eight points for the Tennessee team.  Conley would chalk up six points, which contained one 3-pointer but the Spurs went into halftime with a huge 56-37 advantage.  Memphis would go on a 28 to 19 run in the third quarter as Randolph collects six more points and grabs down two rebounds.  The first-round pick in the 1998 draft, Vince Carter, would shoot 66% on the court, collecting five points which included one 3-pointer.  Mike Conley would score five points himself, which held one 3-pointer.  Former Pelicans player, James Ennis, would score five points, too, but his would all come from the free-throw line.  Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard would drop nine points while Pau Gasol would settle for five points, giving the home team a 75-65 lead at the end of the third.  San Antonio would close things out in the last period, thanks to Kawhi Leonard, who continues to put on a scoring display, dropping ten more points.  The San Antonio Spurs would defeat the Memphis Grizzlies with a 96 to 82 win, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  Kawhi Leonard would finish with thirty-seven points (his new Playoff career-high), eleven rebounds and two assists.  Mike Conley would end up with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.

The San Antonio Spurs easily escape with a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 1-0 lead in series

The San Antonio Spurs easily escape with a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 1-0 lead in series

Yesterday would mark the first game in the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies playoff series and it would also mark the first time the Gasol brothers meet in the Playoffs.  This would be the second straight time that the Grizzlies would face the Spurs in the Playoffs, as the Spurs defeated them last season, 0-4.  The Memphis team would look for revenge as each team would try to start the series off right in San Antonio.

The first quarter would start off right for the Memphis team as Marc Gasol drops eleven points, which would include one 3-pointer.  Mike Conley would also get hot for ten points, including two 3-pointers.  On the other end, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard, would drop eleven points of his own which contained one 3-pointer.  But it would be the visiting team that ended the first quarter with a 30-25 lead.  The second quarter would start to look bright for the Texas team as they go on a 27 to 19 run.  LaMarcus Aldridge would start to heat up with ten points, shooting 50% from the field.  Tony Parker would also chalk up eight points, which contained two 3-pointers.  On the other end, Marc Gasol continued to put on a scoring display as he drops an additional fourteen points but it would be the Spurs who eventually grab a lead and walk into halftime with a 52-49 advantage.  The third period would belong to the San Antonio Spurs as they go on a large 32 to 15 run.  Leonard would go off for fifteen points, shooting 80% from the field.  Aldridge would also light the floor up with ten points, shooting 50% from the field.  Gasol would not give up on his team as he earns seven points, including one 3-pointer but it was the home team that entered the last period with a huge 84 to 64 lead.  San Antonio would close things out in the fourth quarter as Texas-native Jonathon Simmons would come off the bench to collect six points along with rookie Bryn Forbes, who earned five points.  The San Antonio Spurs would defeat the Memphis Grizzlies with a 111-82 victory, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  Marc Gasol finished with thirty-two points, five rebounds and two assists.  Kawhi Leonard finished with thirty-two points, three rebounds and five assists.  Pau Gasol would be limited to only six points, which were two 3-pointers.