The Grizzlies started out strong, but proved to be no match for the seasoned team. Early in the game, the Grizzlies were unable to guard the lane, allowing the Spurs quick cuts and easy layups. They finally tightened up their defense, but the Spurs found ways around it.
Quincy Pondexter‘s 22 points were a major factor for the Grizzlies. He went 7-11 from the field and made half of his three-point shots.
Despite this, the Spurs controlled the pace of the game and never wavered. The key to their success was their consistency. Although they were up by 10 at the end of the first quarter, they never got relaxed or wavered when the Grizzlies went on runs.
Another factor to San Antonio’s success was shutting down Zach Randolph, who never seemed to fully show up in the series. Their bigs like Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw played physical and were able to make Randolph a non-factor down low. Their presence in the paint also caused him to take mostly contested shots. He also had a hard time defensively against Tim Duncan, who was able to navigate his way around the 6’9 power forward. Randolph ended with 13 points and eight rebounds.
While the Spurs played a good game, the Grizzlies did not seem to show up. There were times in the game where they stood around, looking confused instead of rebounding.
Other times, they were slow to get to the other end of the court. It seemed that they were spectators at some points of the game rather than players in the game. Memphis made it known that they had a lot of respect for the Spurs. This could have been their ultimate downfall in the series.
Memphis also lacked consistency. They had segments of the game where they played good basketball and went on runs, but they did not keep it going. This also contributed to them losing the series.