Preview: San Antonio At Memphis

When: 9:30 PM  ET, Thursday, April 20, 2017
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
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The San Antonio Spurs opened the Western Conference first-round series with impressive victories and aim to take a commanding 3-0 lead when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday. This might be Memphis' one chance to make it a series after the Grizzlies scored just 82 points in each of the defeats in San Antonio.

Memphis has been unable to control Spurs All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard, who is averaging 34.5 points on 20-of-28 shooting from the field while knocking down all 28 free-throw attempts. The Grizzlies are without defensive stalwart Tony Allen (calf) and have thrown a variety of defenders at Leonard to no avail. "The more he gets double-teamed, the more I enjoy it because he is just going to get better and better at finding out where people are," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich told reporters. "Other people have to learn where to be, too, to be outlets and kind of take advantage of that. So if someone is going to commit two people to him, we should be able to take advantage of it." Seventh-seeded Memphis will be seeking a rebound from All-Star center Marc Gasol, who scored 32 points in Game 1 before dropping to 12 on 4-of-15 shooting in Game 2.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT, FSN Southwest (San Antonio), FSN Southeast (Memphis),

ABOUT THE SPURS: Leonard is a force and continues to improve offensively and now appears ready to explode and obliterate the previous best scoring postseason of his six-year career of 22.5 set last season. Second-seeded San Antonio revolves around Leonard, who has raised his exploits despite opponents routinely double-teaming him in hopes of slowing his down. "It's a gift and a curse," Leonard told reporters of the double teams. "You want to get to this level, and then you start getting double-teamed but it's all fun. It's a game. You just have to approach it that way."

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES: Memphis coach David Fizdale was fined $30,000 on Wednesday for unleashing a memorable rant about the officiating after Game 2 and one of his points was that Leonard attempted more free throws (19) than his entire team (15). Point guard Mike Conley understood his coach's frustration and said the Spurs' long history of winning is a factor. "The Spurs are champions. They've won many times. They've done a lot of great things," Conley told reporters. "We haven't earned that yet. We have to get to that mountaintop, and we understand that. I understand that. That's why I'm not going to complain about it. I'm just going to keep my head down, keep focused, try to play through it the best I can and keep my teammates from letting it affect them mentally."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Grizzlies were 2-0 at home against the Spurs in the regular season, winning by an average of 11.5 points.

2. San Antonio PG Tony Parker is averaging 16.5 points through two games.

3. Memphis PG Mike Conley scored 24 points in Game 2 after struggling to 13 in the series opener.

PREDICTION: Spurs 96, Grizzlies 94

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
San Antonio 63-21 W2 33-10 30-10 4-2 59-19 13-5 38-16
Memphis 43-41 L4 24-17 19-24 2-5 41-36 8-10 28-26

Last Meeting

San Antonio Memphis
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/17/17 MEM 82 SA 96 96 39 45.9 82 35 37.8

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
SA K. Leonard 37 64.3 19
MEM M. Conley 24 44.4 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
SA K. Leonard 11 1 10
MEM Z. Randolph 10 2 8
Assists Player  
SA M. Ginobili 3
MEM M. Conley 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
SA K. Leonard 2034 49.0 520
MEM M. Gasol 1553 45.5 302
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
SA L. Aldridge 559 183 376
MEM Z. Randolph 647 187 460
Assists Player  
SA T. Parker 301
MEM M. Conley 472

Quickchart Matchup

San Antonio  Off vs  Memphis Def
105.3 Points For
100.1 Points Against
47.0 FG%
44.4 FG%
43.8 Reb
42.1 Reb
Memphis Off vs  San Antonio Def
100.0 Points For
97.8 Points Against
43.4 FG%
44.2 FG%
42.1 Reb
41.3 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

San Antonio Overall Memphis
63-21 W/L 43-41
43-39-2 ATS 41-43-0
44-38-2 O/U 39-42-3
105.3 Pts For 100.0
97.8 Pts Against 100.1
San Antonio A/H Memphis
30-10 W/L 24-17
22-16-2 ATS 21-20-0
21-19-0 O/U 15-24-2
105.0 Pts For 99.2
98.6 Pts Against 97.1
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