Spurs face reeling Grizzlies in first of two straight meetings

Tip-off between San Antonio, Memphis is 7:30 p.m. on FSSW

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SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs are hosting the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night.

It will be the first time they have faced each other since the Spurs beat them in the playoffs last year. But even a bigger story, it's the first time they will face Memphis since the Grizzlies fired their head coach David Fizdale earlier in the week.

The Grizzlies are on an uncharacteristic 8 game losing streak so they will be looking to turn things around under interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff.

"This isn't the first time we faced a team in this situation and from our experiences they definitely come out firing," said Patty Mills and added. "So we are expecting a very fiery team, very competitive physical team."

The Spurs are coming off an emotional win over the Dallas Mavericks Monday night that saw the return of Tony Parker to the starting lineup.

San Antonio is sitting in third place in the Western Conference with a 13-7 record.

Tony provided a spark Monday, but LaMarcus Aldridge has been providing the consistent solid play that the team needed to start the year without Parker and Kawhi Leonard.

"He has been the perfect leader I think because of the effort," Kyle Anderson said and added,"maybe if he is not shooting well he is still giving us that great effort still talking to us on defense, just being an overall leader." 

​"The effort that he puts in night in and night out I think it trumps the numbers that he puts up on both ends of the floor especially defense," Patty Mills said.

The numbers are pretty impressive.  He is the team leader in scoring averaging 22 points and 8 rebounds a game. He is also leading the team in minutes playing just over 33 minutes a game.

The Spurs host the Grizzlies Wednesday then play the Grizzlies again Friday in Memphis.

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David Sears, a native San Antonian, has been at KSAT for more than 20 years.