Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and the rest of the Memphis Grizzlies can use their overtime 93-89 Game 2 loss to swing the playoff momentum their way.
The Grizzlies can take solace in the fact that they erased a normally iron clad San Antonio lead of 13 points, despite shooting 34 percent as a team from the field. The league’s best defense also won the rebound battle 60-46, but Memphis will have to improve their shooting for any chance Saturday.
After long layover, Game Three takes place at FedEx Forum. The Grizzlies are hoping that the shift back to Memphis will reverse their fortunes.
Conley’s 18 points and four assists, and Randolph’s 15 points and 18 rebounds weren’t enough as Memphis fell behind 2-0 in the Western Conference finals.
Ageless Tim Duncan down the stretch and fierce play from point guard Tony Parker led the way for all five Spurs starters in double figures. Duncan tallied 17 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks, and Parker had 15 points and 18 assists.
Parker has continued his torrid run through the playoffs with 21.6 points on 45 percent shooting, and 7.5 assists, in 12 games.
Memphis’s Marc Gasol had 12 points and 14 rebounds, while guard Jerryd Bayless came off the bench for 18 points and two steals.
A win for the Spurs gives them four chances to end Memphis’s season, and to reach their first NBA Finals since 2007 when they defeated LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The game begins at 9 p.m. Eastern and will broadcast by ESPN, or watch a live online stream by submitting your cable provider information at Watch ESPN here.
Betting Odds: Memphis is favored by 5 points
Over/Under: 180 points
Predicted Score: Memphis 94, San Antonio 86