Tomorrow evening the Spurs and Grizzlies go to Memphis for the first time this series for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. As San Antonio leads 2-0, Memphis is using to look this home opportunity to get back into the series. Memphis has been here before, down 2-0 against the Clippers headed home in round 1, so while this game is still a must-win to stay competitive, the Grizzlies are probably more aware than other teams would be about their ability to come back.
The Grizzlies have not lost at home since February 8th. The Grizzlies lost Game 1 badly, 83-105, but lost Game 2 by a much slimmer margin, 93-89, and Memphis had all the momentum going into overtime. If they’re going to get a win in the series, it looks like tonight might be the night.
On the other hand, San Antonio came into the series averaging the second best field goal percentage in the league at 48.1%, and the Grizzlies have only managed to bring that number down 0.3%. San Antonio has been shooting a blistering 42.6% from 3 this series, though they only shot 36% from 3 in Game 2. The Grizzlies, who were the worst 3 point shooting team in the league in the regular season, have shot 38% from the floor and 34.5% from three. They have also, however, consistently outworked the Spurs on the boards and forced turnovers for plenty of second chance points.
For the Grizzlies to win, they’ll have to keep up the oppressive defense they showed glimpses of in Game 2, find some source of consistent offense, and feed off the energy from the Grindhouse.
Game 3 is tomorrow, Saturday May 25th at 8:00 P.M central time on ESPN.
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