Game 2 was a tough loss, but Memphis' second-half comeback was encouraging. Leonard shot a ideal 19-19 from the free throw line compared to the Grizzlies who shot just 15 free throws overall as a team the entire game.
Leonard had a postseason career-high 37 points and made all 19 free-throw attempts. San Antonio won 95-89 in overtime. "They had 11 shots in the paint and had 23 free throws", Fizdale said. "But somehow, Kawhi Leonard had 19 free throws".
Throughout game two, Memphis threw everything but the kitchen sink at Leonard and the Spurs on the defensive end. We couldn't get the ball where we wanted to get it. For what it's worth, he shot 89.5% from the free throw line this season, it's probably best to try to keep him off of it.
Those numbers only got bigger in the second half, as the Grizzlies shot 35 times in the paint but only took 15 free throws, while the Spurs shot 18 times in the paint yet took 32 free throws. "Explain it to me".
Memphis Coach David Fizdale goes off on the officiating after the game, citing the free throw discrepancy.
"I felt like I got fouled the times that I went to the line", Leonard said.
After Monday night's game, chances are more than just the Spurs' win is trending on social media feeds nationwide Tuesday morning.
"I'm not gonna let them treat us that way". But they're not gonna rook us. "But give them credit; they really turned the game around defensively against us".
Fizdale paused before slamming a pen on the table and saying emphatically, "Take that for data!"
The Grizzlies' Gasol, who had 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting in Game 1, finished with just 12 points on four-of-15 shooting.
Mills said he doubts Conley will have such a disappearing act in Game 2. "He does that a lot". And just can not seem to get the proper respect from the officials that he deserves. I personally never understood why National Basketball Association players need to earn the referees' respect.
It didn't seem like much at the time, just a little run in the last couple of minutes in the first half of a game that didn't seem like it would be much of a game. It will be an uphill battle for the Memphis Grizzlies starting Thursday at the Grindhouse.