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The Jazz were able to get by the Pelicans with a 128 to 120 victory

The Jazz were able to get by the Pelicans with a 128 to 120 victory

The New Orleans Pelicans have been playing well lately as they are looking to grab a fourth straight victory tonight.  They are coming fresh off a 124-121 win against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.  Tonight’s matchup against the Utah Jazz will mark the second of three straight road games for the Pelicans before they return back home.

The Jazz, on the other hand, are seeking their third straight win as they are coming off a 113-109 victory against the Golden State Warriors.  This will be the last game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena before the Jazz go on a five-game road trip.  Tonight’s game will mark the first of four meetings between these two teams this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The New Orleans Pelicans and the Utah Jazz have battled each other a grand total of 58 times in the past as the Jazz won 36 games, keeping the Pelicans at 22 victories.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Derrick Favors (back; 8.3 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 62.1 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Josh Hart (ankle; 12.6 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.4 APG, 46.2 FG%, 38.6 3P%)
-Darius Miller (Achilles)
-Jahlil Okafor (ankle; 9.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 64.8 FG%)
-Zion Williamson (knee)
-Nickeil Alexander-Walker (coach’s decision; 6.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.3 APG, 32.7 FG%, 35.6 3P%)
-Josh Gray (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

Utah Jazz:

-Ed Davis (leg; 1.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 0.2 APG, 40.0 FG%)
-Rudy Gobert (ankle; 13.3 PPG, 14.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 66.1 FG%)
-Juwan Morgan (coach’s decision)
-Miye Oni (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Nigel Williams-Goss (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Justin Wright-Foreman (G-League)
-Jarrell Brantley (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The Utah Jazz would take full control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-five percent from the field while their defense kept the visiting team to thirty-five percent.  Donovan Mitchell got hot for 23 points which included four three-pointers.  He also had five rebounds and three assists while Bojan Bogdanovic earned himself 20 on eighty percent shooting.  Bogdanovic was able to drill 3 three-pointers in the process.

The 28th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft Tony Bradley contributed with 10 points while grabbing seven rebounds.  Mike Conley had just four points but recorded two rebounds and two assists.  Former Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jeff Green played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just four points.

As for the Pelicans, Jaxson Hayes chalked up 13 points while recording three rebounds.  J.J. Redick gave 12 points, earning six of them from the beyond the arc and the other six from the charity stripe.  Jrue Holiday scored nine rebounds which included a trey in the second period.  Lonzo Ball played 11 minutes off the bench but only had two points while the home team went into halftime with a 74-54 lead.

The Louisiana ball club would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 66-54 run, shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  During that run, Brandon Ingram, who scored just eight points in the first half, got hot for 25 points.  He only missed four of his 13 shots attempted as he drilled 3 three-pointers.

Jrue Holiday recorded 19 points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  He also had three defensive rebounds, three steals, and two blocks while Redick helped out with two three-pointers and two free-throws.  Ball played the most minutes off the bench as he scored 11 points.

On the other end of the court, Mitchell gave 14 points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  Bogdanovic and Conley combined for 15 points while Royce O’Neale was held scoreless.  Joe Ingles played 13 minutes off the bench but only had a trey while the Jazz were able to escape with a 128-120 victory.  Donovan Mitchell finished the game with 37 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists while Brandon Ingram settled for 33 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The New Orleans Pelicans will head to California to take on Paul George (26.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 5.2 APG, 48.1 FG%, 43.2 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (11-5) on Sunday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these ball clubs will matchup this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 14 when the Clippers fell to the Pelicans, 132-127.  Jrue Holiday finished that game with 36 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals, and one block while Paul George had 33 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Utah Jazz will visit Wisconsin to fight Giannis Antetokounmpo (30.1 PPG, 14.1 RPG, 6.6 APG, 56.6 FG%, 29.0 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (12-3) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that they play each other this season.  November 8 was the last time they saw each other as the Jazz pulled away with a 103-100 win.  During that game, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 33 points and grabbed 5 rebounds while Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

The Utah Jazz grab their third straight win over the Los Angeles Clippers, 110-96

The Utah Jazz grab their third straight win over the Los Angeles Clippers, 110-96

The Utah Jazz are looking to grab their third straight home victory as they remain undefeated in the Vivint Smart Home Arena.  With this win against the Los Angeles Clipper tonight, it will push their win streak to three as they are coming off of a 96-95 win in Arizona against the Phoenix Suns.  They have only lost one game this season, which was to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, 95-86.

The Clippers, on the other hand, are also standing with a 3-1 season record, hoping to grab a second consecutive win tonight.  Still, without Paul George, who is still out until at least mid-November, they will hope to avoid a second straight road loss.  This matchup between the Jazz and Clippers will mark their first of four meetings this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers have met up a grand total of 199 times in the past as the Jazz won 115 of their matchups while the Clippers were limited to just 84 victories.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Clippers:

-Amir Coffey (ankle)
-Paul George (shoulder)
-Kawhi Leonard (knee; 27.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 7.5 APG, 51.9 FG%, 36.8 3P%)
-Johnathan Motley (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

Utah Jazz:

-Dante Exum (knee)
-Justin Wright-Foreman (G-League)
-Jarrell Brantley (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG)
-Miye Oni

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be competitive as the Jazz shot fifty percent from the field while the Clippers ended up shooting forty-eight percent.  Lou Williams, starting for the first time this season, went five for ten as he scored 16 points, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  He also had three rebounds and four assists while Ivica Zubac had eight points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting.

Patrick Beverley ended up scoring four points while Landry Shamet chalked up five points.  Patrick Patterson was able to plant a shot from beyond the arc in the second period while grabbing two rebounds and dishing out two assists.  JaMychal Green played the most minutes off the bench as he earned nine points.

As for the Utah Jazz, Donovan Mitchell scored ten points while shooting forty-four percent from the field.  Bojan Bogdanovic contributed with nine points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Mike Conley was kept to just six points while Rudy Gobert scored eight points.  Joe Ingles played 15 minutes off the bench but had just five points as the home team went into halftime with a 52-51 lead.

The Jazz would start to run away with the game in the second half as they went on a 58-45 run, shooting fifty-nine percent from the field, limiting the California ball club to forty-six percent.  Conley made up for his poor scoring performance in the first half as he got hot for 23 points, knocking down five three-pointers in the process.  He shot seventy-two percent from the field in the second half while Mitchell gave 14 points.

On the other end of the court, Green scored 14 more points off the bench while Lou Williams was kept to eight points.  Beverley had just four points as the Utah Jazz came away with a 110-96 victory.  Mike Conley finished the game with 29 points, one rebound, five assists, and two steals while Lou Williams settled for 24 points, three rebounds, and four assists.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Clippers will host DeMar DeRozan (22.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 48.0 FG%, 00.0 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (3-0) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.

The Utah Jazz will travel to California to battle De’Aaron Fox (16.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 6.0 APG, 39.2 FG%, 38.9 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (0-4) on Friday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of three games these teams will play against each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was October 26 when the Jazz blew the Kings out, 113-81.  During that game, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 points, grabbed four rebounds, gave out one assist, and committed one steal while Dewayne Dedmon had 11 points, six rebounds, and one block.

The Kings come back from a first-half deficit to defeat the Grizzlies, 102-99

The Kings come back from a first-half deficit to defeat the Grizzlies, 102-99

It’s been twelve straight years that the Sacramento Kings have missed the playoffs.  The last time they were in the playoffs was in 2006 when Rick Adelman was the head coach.  The Kings ended up losing in the first round to Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs, 2-4.  Since then, they have yet to be above .500 until this season, winning 52 percent of their games.

The Kings are, however, trying to break a two-game losing streak and avoid a third straight loss at home.  They are pretty confident that they can do so as the Memphis Grizzlies will be visiting California to take them on tonight.  The Grizzlies have lost four in a row and if they fail to win tonight, they will suffer their longest losing streak of the season at five.

The Sacramento Kings and the Memphis Grizzlies have met up a grand total of 87 times in the past as the Kings won 47 games while the Grizzlies were kept to 40 victories.  This game tonight will mark the third of four meetings between these two teams this season.  November 16 was the last time they saw each other as the Grizzlies defeated the Kings, 112-104.  Jaren Jackson finished that game with 27 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 blocks while De’Aaron Fox had 23 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists, and 2 steals.

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%)
-D.J. Stephens (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Omri Casspi (illness; 5.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 56.3 FG%, 36.0 3P%, 60.5 FT%)
-Joakim Noah (heel; 4.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.1 APG, 45.5 FG%, 64.3 FT%)
-Ivan Rabb (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.7 APG, 63.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 71.4 FT%)
-Yuta Watanabe (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)

Sacramento Kings:

-Marvin Bagley (knee; 12.7 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 53.6 FG%, 34.6 3P%, 68.3 FT%)
-Skal Labissiere (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 30.0 3P%, 54.5 FT%)
-Frank Mason (coach’s decision; 5.2 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 2.9 APG, 39.3 FG%, 19.0 3P%, 71.4 FT%)
-Ben McLemore (coach’s decision; 2.2 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 20.7 FG%, 31.6 3P%, 66.7 FT%)
-Troy Williams (G-League; 5.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.6 APG, 46.0 FG%, 34.1 3P%, 60.0 FT%)
-Harry Giles (G-League; 5.3 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 47.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 52.0 FT%)
-Wenyen Gabriel (G-League)
-Zach Randolph

GAMETIME:

The Memphis Grizzlies would have complete control in the first half as they shot 54 percent from the field, keeping the Sacramento Kings at a very low 29 percent completion.  Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. ended up scoring 12 points while recording 4 rebounds, one assist, and 2 blocks.  Jackson Jr. knocked down a trey in the first period while Mike Conley also dropped 12 points, earning all of them from beyond the arc.

New Jersey-native Kyle Anderson chipped in with 8 points on a perfect 100 percent shooting from the floor.  Marc Gasol was kept to just five points in the 18 minutes that he played but was able to hit a three-pointer late in the first quarter.  He was also able to grab 5 rebounds but ended up turning the ball over four times.  Shelvin Mack played the most minutes off the bench as he earned seven points, hitting a trey in the first period.

On the other end of the floor, Iman Shumpert, who has missed the previous three games, scored 11 of the Kings’ 40 first-half points.  He was able to knock down two three-pointers in the second quarter while De’Aaron Fox helped out with nine points on 38 percent shooting.  Fox ended up hitting a trey in the first quarter while dishing off 4 assists and committing 3 steals.

The 2016-2017 All-Rookie selection Buddy Hield contributed with six points but shot a team-low 18 percent from the floor in the first half.  He earned all six points from behind the three-point line while grabbing five rebounds.  Willie Cauley-Stein only had four points in the 19 minutes that he played but did happen to get his hands on 8 boards.  Former Minnesota Timberwolves’ forward Nemanja Bjelica played 15 minutes off the bench but was kept scoreless as the Memphis Grizzlies walked into the locker room with a commanding 53-40 advantage.

The home team would make an incredible comeback as they sparked up a huge 62 to 46 run, shooting 48 percent from the field.  During this comeback, Hield added to his scoring total as he lit the floor up with 22 points, hitting four treys in the fourth period.  Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 12 points off the bench while hitting 3 three-pointers in the process.

Shumpert quieted down in after an impressive first half, going completely scoreless in the second half.  Cauley-Stein chipped in with eight points while recording five rebounds, two assists, and one steal.  Bjelica played the most minutes off the Kings’ bench as he dropped eleven more points.

As for the visiting team, Garrett Temple tried to keep the Grizzlies in it as he dropped 15 points, shooting 83 percent from the field.  He was able to drill 3 three-pointers while Conley had eleven more points.  JaMychal Green scored four points off the bench but it wouldn’t matter as the Sacramento Kings succeed in the attempted comeback, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies, 102-99.  Buddy Hield finished the game with 28 points, 8 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Mike Conley had 23 points, a season-high-tying 7 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Memphis Grizzlies will stay in California to take on LeBron James (28.0 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 7.0 APG, 52.0 FG%, 36.7 3P%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (18-13) on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.  This will mark the second of three times that these teams will see each other during this season.  The last time they battled each other was on December 8 when the Lakers handed the Grizzlies a blowout loss, 111-88.  During that game, Kyle Kuzma scored 20 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, committed one steal and blocked one shot.  LeBron James also had 20 points, along with 8 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 steals while Wayne Selden finished with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

The Sacramento Kings will host Anthony Davis (28.0 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 4.7 APG, 50.4 FG%, 33.8 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (15-17) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four games that these two ball clubs will play against each other this season.  October 19 was the last time they played each other as the Pelicans escaped with a huge 149-129 victory.  Nikola Mirotic finished the game with 36 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists while Willie Cauley-Stein settled for 20 points, 7 rebounds, and one assist.

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.

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.