Spurs look to go to 11-1 tonight

The San Antonio Spurs go into Memphis tonight looking to extend their four game winning streak against the Grizzlies.

The Grizz are coming off their own little winning streak having defeated two top team in the LA CLippers and the Golden State Warriors during a four game road trip.  The team is looking to keep the streak going at home.

“New coach, new offense … we just have to get used to it,” point guard Mike Conley said after Wednesday’s 88-81 overtime win over the Warriors. “Now we’ve been able to figure it out.”

“They’re playing great basketball, so they will be a great test for us,” Parker said of the Grizzlies following the Spurs’ 104-93 win over Boston on Wednesday.

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Pop backs Barack; owners squarely behind Romney

Competition in the NBA is apparently not limited to the court. Various coaches, players, front office members and owners are picking sides in the upcoming presidential race, including Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

Popovich is among president Barack Obama’s more generous NBA donors, having pledged $5,000 to his re-election campaign according to via OpenSecrets.org. The other three head coaches on the list — Boston’s Doc Rivers, Atlanta’s Larry Drew and Charlotte’s Mike Conley — are Obama guys as well. Conversely, eight of the 10 ownership members listed have thrown their weight behind Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Overall, 19 donors have given $53,150 to Obama, while Romney has netted $69,500 from 15 individuals.

Hollins accuses CP3 of being ‘a flopper’

Best-of-seven series tend to rachet up the emotion of competing teams as they see each other more often than in the regular season. 

That familiarity-breeds-contempt attitude has certainly been true in the Memphis-Los Angeles Clippers. The games have been tight with the Clippers claiming a 3-1 edge in the best-of-seven series after their victory Monday night in Los Angeles.

It sounds like Memphis coach Lionel Hollins is starting to see a little bit too much of Chris Paul of the Clippers, at least if his comments made during an in-game interview with TNT are any indication.

When asked why he inserted defensive stopper Tony Allen on Paul rather than Memphis point guard Mike Conley, Hollins had a specific reason.

“We just want a bigger stronger guy to get in and save Mike a couple of fouls early on because Chris does a good job of flopping and drawing fouls,” Hollins told interviewer Jaime Maggio. “We just want to make sure we kept him out of that.”

The look on Hollins faced when he answered the question, as can be seen below in the You Tube clip of the story, clearly shows his exasperation.