SAN ANTONIO – End of third quarter update: Spurs lead Grizzlies 75-65. Memphis cut the Spurs lead to 10 as Spurs scored only 19 points in the quarter. Kawhi Leonard has 27 points for the Spurs, but their overall offense struggled in the quarter.
End of second quarter update: Spurs lead Grizzlies 56-37. Spurs defense shutting down Memphis again, holding Grizzlies to 33 percent shooting in first half. Another big game for Kawhi Leonard, Aldridge and Parker. The three have combined for 39 points. Spurs in control headed into third quarter.
End of first quarter update: Spurs 29, Grizzlies 16. San Antonio's defense picks up where they left off in Game 1. Shooting only 41 percent, but holding Memphis to 25 percent. Kawhi Leonard already has 10 points.
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The San Antonio Spurs will be looking to take a commanding twol game lead over the Memphis Grizzlies when they face them in Game Two of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
The Spurs coming off a 29 point victory in Game One, 111-82.
The Grizzlies got off to a hot start, getting a 13 point lead but the Spurs battled back and held the Grizzlies to just 52 points over the final three quarters. A nice come back win but not good enough to be satisfied.
"There are always things to get better you know, watch film and just try to do those things," said LaMarcus Aldridge, not revealing what those things would be. "Not going to say what they are but there are always things that anyone can do better so we will try to do those things better next game."
The Spurs have things to work on and get better at and so do the Grizzlies. San Antonio expects to see a different team in game two.
"They are not going to roll over they are going to come out more physical and more locked in and more aggressive," Aldridge said.
That was the message the Spurs were trying to relay to each other.
"We know they are going to come more aggressive, a bounce back game for them," said Danny Green.
Knowing the Grizzlies got off to a hot start thanks to Marc Gasol's 25 in the first half, San Antonio knows what they are capable of which makes game two pretty big.
"Even more important than the first one we've got to take care of home court it's the reason why we fought for it all year," Green said.
Green, with a little help, held Mike Conley to just 13 points and none in the fourth quarter. He expects a different Conley in game two.
"We expect him to come out even more intense with even more energy," Green said.
Spurs got a little boost at practice Monday morning when Tim Duncan showed up at practice. Green told him they were ready for him to come back if he wanted.
"Told him to come back for game six of the finals or something like that collect the ring if we make it, we're in the finals were up 3-2 sign him to a Romo deal, referring to the Tony Romo deal he had for one game with the Mavericks at the end of the season, Green said.