The San Antonio Spurs have completed a sweep of their first round opponent, only their ninth in franchise history, and sent the Memphis Grizzlies home for the summer with a 116-95 game four in Memphis.
“It wasn’t a fair fight,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Whoever was available came out and played, and they executed to the best of their ability. They played with a lot of heart and a lot of fortitude.”
The Spurs were again led in scoring by Kawhi Leonard with 21 points and LaMarcus Aldridge’s 10 rebounds. Leonard has led the team in scoring for the series with a 21.2 average while Aldridge led in rebounding with 8.5 per game and TP9 in assists with 5.3 per game.
The Spurs will now await the winner of the Thunder/Mavericks match up. The Thunder lead the series three games to one and could close it out tonight
The San Antonio Spurs began their quest for a sixth title with a commanding performance against the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday night with a 106-74 playoff opener. The Spurs were led by Kawhi Leonard’s 32 points but it was the team defense (13 steals and nine blocks) that set the tone for the night.
“I got some easy shots going into that transition, getting some layups and dunks,” Leonard said. “That’s how you get in rhythm, for my teammates as well. If they’re able to get an easy layup, they’re just going to gain more confidence.”
A day later, the NBA announced that Leonard was named the Defensive Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season, becoming the first non-center to win the award back to back award since Dennis Rodman did it back in 89-90, 90-91.
The Spurs take the court tonight looking to go up 2-0 against the Grizzlies who are hoping his young team gets some valuable experience going up against the Juggernaut Spurs.
“We’ve got some young guys that are going to get better,” Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger told the team’s official website. “We will go back and watch the video and come back and try to get a little bit better and look for making a bigger dent.”
Season home Finale against another top Western Conference Team
The San Antonio Spurs will attempt to become only the second team in NBA History to lose one home game in a season against a team that they will likely meet in the second round of the NBA Playoffs.
The Spurs, who lost twice to the Pacers in the past five days, hope to bounce back against the Thunder tonight. The Thunder opened the season against the Spurs with a 114-106 win. Fast forward 160 plus days and both the Spurs and Thunder are locked into their playoff seeding. So the game itself is of little consequence, except to the Spurs fans who want that 40-1 home record.