The San Antonio Spurs have confidence and the cushion of a 3-0 lead. The Spurs have been one of the best, most complete teams since 1999. They just beat the Grizzlies at home, officially handing Memphis their first home playoff loss. The Grizzlies struggled to score in end, while the Spurs scored 18 points in 5 minutes on an impressive run.
The Grizzlies came into Game 3 with a 5-0 record on their home court, and were crusing early, up 29-11 at one point. However, the Spurs came back in the second half and tied up the game 75-75 in the 4th quarter.
This game would eventually be decided in overtime.
Spurs’ Tony Parker is showing the Grizzlies’ Mike Conley who the better point guard is. Parker’s penetration in the Grizzlies defense is catching Memphis by surprise. His quickness and drive alllows him to split the defense and kick the ball out to the open shooter. This may be the main reason San Antonio now holds a 3-0 series lead.
Tim Duncan scored 24 points, with 7 points in overtime. He also effectively cleaned up the boards with 10 rebounds.
Duncan had 2 blocks and 5 assists as well, making his future Hall of Famer talents present. He helped the Spurs climb back from a terrible first quarter.
The Spurs win games in a text-book style and yet they are curiously labeled as boring. They dont get or need the hype, as made evident by their being one game away from the NBA Finals since 2007.
The Spurs’ coach, Gregg Popovich, has been one of the NBA’s best coaches for years. Because Phil Jackson only coaches the super stars in the NBA to Championships, he has 11 coaching rings. Popovich has 4 coaching rings.
Jackson has done it with 2 teams and 4 players that were future Hall of Framers, while Popovich has created a stable environment and a winning tradition to grow for years. He gets it done with one team and he makes superstars from scratch.