San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) passes the ball away from Memphis Grizzlies guard Vince Carter (15) during the first half of Game 3 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn.
As Fizdale noted following Game 2, the Spurs (31 of 32) more than doubled the Grizzlies' output from the free-throw line (13 of 15) while Kawhi Leonard outshot Memphis by himself (19 of 19).
KEEP AN EYE ON: Randolph, who made a strong case for the Sixth Man of the Year award with 19 double-doubles off the bench this season, may start after he helped the Grizzlies trim a 26-point deficit to four in the second half of Monday night's Game 2 loss with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Memphis will have to score more than 82 points in a game if they have any hope to win a game this series. Kawhi went a ideal 19-for-19 from the free throw line. Unfortunately, Leonard checked back in for San Antonio, leading them to victory.
Leonard, who shot 9-of-14 from the floor and made all 19 of his free throws, also collected 11 rebounds and became the first Spurs player with 35 points and 10 rebounds in the playoffs since Tim Duncan did it against the Phoenix Suns in 2008. Their post men haven't been rolling offensively, but they've used their length to bother the Grizzlies - aside from Marc's big Game 1.More news: United can end season strongly, says Young
KEEP AN EYE ON: San Antonio's 3-point shooting. The Spurs only had 12 points in the paint, but got two three-pointers from Parker and Green, in building their huge lead.
James was unfazed by the Pacers' fourth quarter fightback after the Cavs held on to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. "It was a very poorly officiated basketball game". "I just take it game by game".
With the Grizzlies attempting to crawl out of an 0-2 hole against a team that is simply better on paper, Fizdale did his best to light a fire under his team and let them know in no uncertain terms, "I'm not done fighting, and you guys aren't either". "We'll stay playing physical like we always do".
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Parker scored 12 points and was 3 of 5 from the 3-point line. They shot 18 times and had 32 free throws. Our guys dug in that game and earned the right to be in that game, and they did not even give us a chance. "They took advantage of it, and that's what San Antonio does, make something out of every little mistake".
The Memphis Grizzlies successfully secured a spot in the postseason after wrapping up their year on a high note.
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