Coming into tonight’s Game Four the San Antonio Spurs have looked like they’ve once again found the Fountain of Youth in their quest for another NBA Championship. Leading the Memphis Grizzlies 3-0, they have the opportunity to punch their ticket to the NBA Finals and await the winners of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Spurs have leaned on the leadership of their veterans Tony Parker and Tim Duncan to push them to this point against Memphis. Parker is averaging 20.3 points and 10.7 rebounds in this series. He’s been able to facilitate in nearly any way he wants due to his ability to get into the paint almost at will. That strategy has allowed Tim Duncan to be a pivotal part of this series as well as he’s bringing in 15.7 points and 9.7 rebounds against Memphis.
Manu Ginobili has also been very consistent during this series as he’s averaging 11.3 points with 5 rebounds and 4 assists each outing. Rookie Kawhi Leonard has been quite impressive for the Spurs during this post season run and specifically during this series. He’s averaging 11.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in his starting role for San Antonio. Danny Green has been consistent in his sixth man role as he’s averaged 10 points per outing in a little more than 28 minutes of play.
The story behind this series to this point is that the Spurs have been able to overpower the Memphis Grizzlies defense which has been the best in the league all season. The Spurs have averaged 100.6 points per game which is 11 points over the 89.3 that the Grizzlies have allowed all year. The Spurs’ defense has also stepped up to the challenge of holding Memphis to 88.3 points during this series.
Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol have been stifled on both sides of the ball against San Antonio. Zach Randolph is averaging 10.3 points this series; a major drop off from the 18.4 and 20.8 that he brought to his team during the first two series. He’s shooting 30 percent from the floor which is also the lowest point of this post season. Marc Gasol’s struggles are just as bad as his 39.1 percent shooting is his worse of the post season and he’s only averaging 14.3 points during this series. The two driving factors behind much of Memphis’s success this post season have not played to their strengths at all during this series.
While everyone sits around and waits for the San Antonio Spurs to lose out to Father Time, they consistently keep themselves relevant in the league. With a 3-0 lead they are one win away from going back to the NBA Finals and cementing themselves as one of the most successful franchises across sports.