Suddenly, the city is rallying around its coach and the Grizzlies, and they waved the Growl Towels featuring the “Believe Memphis” motto waiting for them on every seat in FedExForum for the first home game of this best-of-seven series. It’s an fantastic stat. The Memphis are much more confident coming into the game and it should keep it closer that the prior two times, and I believe the value is on their side.
During that first- and second-quarter run by the Grizzlies, Conley pulled off an acrobatic three-pointer while being fouled, which seemed to indicate how well things were going to go for him and the team.
Conley set a franchise postseason record with 35 points, and Gasol finished with 16 points after shooting 5 of 12 for the game. He even got a dunk in that first half.
Patty Mills went 1-for-4 from deep and was 2-for-7 overall.
“We turned it over twice to start the minute like we were out on a picnic some place”, Popovich said.
After all, the Spurs went 61-21 in the regular season, are led by a legendary head coach with multiple rings and have a handful of future Hall of Famers on their roster.
The Grizzlies have made a huge turnaround in a short time after falling behind 2-0.
He closed the news conference with “take that for the data”, punctuated by slamming his hand on the table as he left the dais.
The Washington Wizards lead their series against the Hawks 2-1 despite suffering a 116-98 loss in game three.
Memphis coach David Fizdale was pretty impressed with his own guard who got a five-year, $153 million contract last summer in what was the richest deal in the National Basketball Association at that point. Two of the other three players did so with San Antonio, Tim Duncan (251 games) and Tony Parker (216), and the other was Kobe Bryant (220 games with the Los Angeles Lakers). They also played much better defense, harassing the Spurs into missing 11 of their first 17 in the quarter.
“Let’s try not to have 23 turnovers, let’s try that”, Gasol said.
Centre Marc Gasol clinched victory for the Grizzlies, hitting the game victor with 0.7 seconds to go in the first period of extra time. “So playing more minutes is what I’ve been wanting to do, and I’m getting a chance”.
Can’t get enough of Campus Sports? They will focus on that game later. But, San Antonio dropped two games against the Grizzlies to make this an even 2-2 series heading back to Texas.
An MVP hopeful, Kawhi Leonard continues to remain unaltered in the biggest of moments. Score one for Fizdale and the fine he had to pay in order to get that done. “It’s a game. You just have to approach it that way”.
Conley was the driving force for Memphis.
Game 4 is Monday night in Atlanta.
Gregg Popovich has been here too many times to panic after one loss.
This series has completely turned since the Grizzlies got back home.
Memphis played about as well as it could have hoped for in Game 3. “So if someone is going to commit two people to him, we should be able to take advantage of it”.