Over at the Quicken Loans Arena, Kyrie Irving scored 37 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a fierce late fightback from the Indiana Pacers to hold on for a 117-111 victory and take a 2-0 series lead in their Eastern Conference play-off duel.
San Antonio is probably going to play the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. And pick it he did, blasting the referees in one of the best public rants we've seen in quite some time. Listen, you can't ask that question, man. That was as close as they came to the Spurs the rest of the game.
In the Grizzlies loss to San Antonio there may be many things to point fingers at to blame.
Spurs Lineups: D. Green, T. Parker, D. Dedmon, K. Leonard, L. Aldridge.
"More aggressiveness, getting to the paint, looking for his shot", Mills said.
Spurs at Grizzlies, San Antonio leads 2-0.
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Spurs' forward Kawhi Leonard pulled off a Herculean effort with 37 points and 11 rebounds; he was ideal from the free-throw line hitting all 19 attempts.
"It was a very poorly officiated basketball game", Fizdale said. Gregg Popovich's Spurs, by comparison, went inside 18 times and attempted 32 free throws. In the first half, we had 19 shots in the paint and we had six free throws.
"We don't get the respect that these guys deserve because Mike Conley doesn't go insane", Fizdale said.
Fizdale called the officiating "unprofessional" and "unacceptable".
San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard, for instance, was awarded19 free throws (he made all of them). Kawhi shot more free throws than are whole team.
San Antonio kept pouring it on in the second quarter and the Grizzlies had no answer, growing more frustrated with every empty possession.
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As of right now, the Spurs are favored by 3.5 points in Memphis. Vince Carter picked up a tech trying to get into the head of Kyle Anderson, and Anderson showed great poise by not talking back. There haven't been many signs of San Antonio's pass-happy attack in this series.
San Antonio had a 26-point lead in the first half on the strength of its outside shooting. Memphis' increased physicality and aggressiveness was enough to allow it to head to the fourth quarter down just 75-65, well within striking distance.
"We're all quiet", he said of the Grizzlies to other perceived slights by the officials. "That carried over to the third - Memphis just pushed the pace; that team just grinds it out". Danny Green hit a 3 to give the Spurs a 20-12 lead.
"They have to make a decision", Parker said.
The Spurs won the rebounding battle 43-35 in Game 1, and limited the Grizzlies to only five second-chance points.
Mike Conley scored 24 on 8 of 18 shooting, including 4 of 8 from beyond the arc.
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