The Grizzlies simply couldn’t find an answer to stopping Tony Parker’s dribble penetration. This game was ugly – the Spurs looked like they were running a pre-game lay-up drill on the Grizzlies.
The Spurs simply dominated the first half by limiting the interior scoring from Zack Randolph and Marc Gasol; the Grizzlies couldn’t buy a bucket. The second half was a bit more competitive but the Spurs continued to turn up the pressure on the Grizzlies by forcing turnovers which lead to easy fast break points. I’m sure Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins is disappointed with his teams fast break defense and the lack of aggressive play from the start of the game.
The player of the game is Tony Parker. He penetrated to the basket as if he were playing against a group of high school players; his 30+ points were definitely the difference in the game. If the Grizzlies had managed to keep Parker under 20 points, perhaps they would have pulled off a win.
Tim Duncan is now headed to his 5th NBA Finals and many should consider him as one of the all-time greatest players in the league because of his continued success. The Spurs will await the winner of the Heat versus Pacers series. Stay tuned for the NBA Finals Preview.