The positivity and momentum the Grizzlies generated from their Game 3 win will dissipate quickly should the Spurs take a 3-1 series lead heading into Game 5.
Hawks 116, Wizards 98: Paul Millsap scored 29 points, Dennis Schroder had 27 and Atlanta sliced the Wizards' lead to 2-1 in the series.
The Spurs trailed 50-46 at half-time in game three of the playoff series with the Grizzlies, but a trio of errors saw them fall nine points adrift just one minute into the third quarter at FedExForum. Prior to this game, the Spurs had won 10 straight playoff games from the Grizzlies. "You want to get to this level, and then you start getting double-teamed but it's all fun. I appreciate it", Fizdale said before the game.
It's just normal to see the numbers of Giannis Antetokounmpo with 26.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.
The city and its team had a new swagger despite facing a 2-0 deficit in the Western Conference first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs. This was their first win in a Game 4 since May 13, 2013, over Oklahoma City.
He said that it's "unacceptable" that Zach Randolph had zero free-throw attempts compared to Leonard's 19 trips to the charity stripe. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 35 points and had nine rebounds and eight assists. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich pulled his starters early in the fourth quarter, and most did not return as Memphis stretched its lead to as much as 22 points.
Watch Service' Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and Vince Carter to start the third quarter.
The Grizzlies haven't been able to slow down All-Star Kawhi Leonard so far in the series.
"It won't happen twice", DeRozan said of going scoreless from the floor.
Speaking of Fizdale, he's being fined for $30,000 by the National Basketball Association for criticizing the officiating of Bill Spooner, Danny Crawford and Rodney Mott in the playoff match against the Spurs. And they stayed on their feet much of the night, funneling their frustration into yelling for the Grizzlies and against the officials. Their loss snapped a streak of 10 consecutive postseason wins over the Grizzlies.
Saturday, scoring 21 points in the first half and made 12-of-22 shots for the game. They also played much better defense, harassing the Spurs into missing 11 of their first 17 in the quarter.
Manu Ginobili, a future Hall of Famer, one of the greatest sixth men of all time, is nearing the end of his career and was a Did Not Play - Coach's Decision in the second half of Game Three.
Game 4 is Saturday night here at 7 p.m. They finished 16 of 28 (57.1 percent). It's not clear if Fizdale's rant is the reason the Grizzlies looked like a completely different team in Memphis, but there's a good chance it factored in. Spurs vs Grizzlies is televised on TNT, start time at 9:30 ET.
He rallied the Spurs by scoring San Antonio's final 16 points of regulation, but he missed a 21-footer short of the rim with James Ennis III defending him just before the buzzer. If Memphis has found a way to exploit those secondary matchups, then San Antonio has a problem. Through two games I thought Parker had played Conley as well as he could have hoped for, but Conley showed him the business in this one.