The Memphis Grizzlies fell to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night by a score of 101-94, extending an american professional sports record of losses in season opening games to 13. That is certainly not the kind of statistic you want to hear coming off the franchise’s most successful season, but it was just one game (as Nick Saban would tell you).
Seriously, that guy gets way too heated, even after a win.
It will be a long arduous road to the post season as it always is….Nothing has changed….Well some things have changed. Dave Joerger is the new sheriff in town, Mike Miller has returned, and even the food at FedEx Forum is different. The well known core of Conley, Allen, Randolph, and Gasol remains intact (although it appears Rudy Gay’s retina was not until recently….), and the goal remains a shot at the title. Enough pondering, here are some of my thoughts (and I’m sure your’s too) as key moments unfolded:
Five Minutes Before Tip Off: I’ve successfully found a good link online to stream the game….with Pete Pranica and Sean Tuohy none the less……where’s Brev?
Tip-Off, First Quarter Begins
12:00 1Q: Marc secures the tip, Conley scores a mere 16 seconds into the game. The Dave JoergerBomb Era is an instant success! Lionel who?(Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
5:39 1Q: Mike Miller returns to the court in a Grizzlies uniform. Memphians shed a collective tear…
5:05 1Q: Marc Gasol bear claws a defensive rebound, outlet pass to Bayless, who dishes to Miller for 3!!! Grizz up 14-9. IT’S MILLER TIME!
End of First Quarter: Grizzlies lead 20-18. Shooting a pedestrian 32 percent from the field and Prince leads in scoring with 7. The up tempo offense is smoking its going so fast….
11:25 2Q: Quincy knocks down two free throws, doing his best to match Prince and earn a starting role. Grizz lead 22-18
11:10 2Q: Marco Belinelli knocks down a 22-footer, Grizz lead cut to two
10:44 2Q: Matt Bonner drills a 3, pulling the Spurs ahead by one. I hate Matt Bonner’s shooting form like Happy Gilmore hates the Clown.
9:56 2Q: Ginobili gets in on the action and gives the spurs a 3 point lead, 25-22.
Joerger calls for time. Good decision, wouldn’t want them to go on a long run…
9:23 2Q: Patty Mills drains a three pointer, 28-22, this looks all too familiar.
7:52 2Q: Another Mills three is followed by a Jeff Ayres dunk 33-22 (Who??)
Alright boys, pull it together.
4:37 2Q: A Danny Green shot extends the lead to 18, and the Spurs have scored 22 unanswered points. This is a nightmare, game one of the WCF all over again. Someone get Lionel on the phone.
3:45 2Q: TONY ALLEN FOR THREE!! Ending the drought and bringing the score to 40-25 spurs.
End of Second Quarter: Well, that was about as bad as any NBA 2K disaster you’ve ever had, a 7 point quarter. Blame the owners!
10:49 3Q: Conley then Prince score, 48-31 Spurs. Popovich calls for time, overwhelmed by the damage of a 4-0 Grizz run.
(Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
Fast Forwarding to 3:39 3Q: A line-up of Bayless, Pondexter, Miller, Leur, and Koufus graces the court. Grizz trail 64-46…at least our score is made up of the same numbers…
2:08 3Q: Koufus asserts his will, scoring a basket plus a foul shot, 68-51.
0:03 3Q: Bayless finishes off a solid run with the group on the court, cutting the deficit to 14 and the Spurs leading 72-58. Miraculously, we are in the game. Believe Memphis.
10:08 4Q: Quincy misses a much needed three, and the refs award San Antonio the ball. TA lobbies the ref, explaining there is no way he touched the ball. A second official races in, fearing for his co-worker’s life. A crisis is averted, and the Grizzlies are given the ball upon further discussion.
8:07 4Q: Conley, Tony, then Koufus all take turns making a pair of baskets. Spurs lead 79-70. Don’t you smell it? We’re within single digits.
7:37 4Q: Tony gets another 3 to go, Grizz trail by 7, 80-73.
5:00 4Q: TONY ALLEN FOR 3! 88-82. TA is 3/3 from 3’s this year after going 3/24 all of last regular season.
1:59 4Q: Parker assists Diaw for a lay in, capping a 13-4 run, Spurs in control 101-86.
0:02 4Q: Miller hits another 3 for good measure
END OF GAME: Spurs 101 Grizzlies 94.
There are no moral victories when it comes to the Spurs. They dominate the all-time series thanks to a Hall-of-Fame trio. The Grizzlies seemed to have exorcized many demons in recent years, but Wednesday night displayed how the Spurs refuse to let up on the gas. It was extremely painful for a long stretch, but the team fought, as it always does. The bench got the team back in the game, and we outscored the Spurs in 3 out of 4 quarters. For now, the Spurs lead the season series, but the Grindhouse and Grizz Nation await November 22nd, when the two renew the rivalry with a Friday night showdown, televised by ESPN.