Tip-Off for 5/20/13 (featuring Larry Holmes): Spurs stick it to Grizzlies in Game 1 of Western Conference Finals 105-83

(Associated Press)

San Antonio Spurs guards Manu Ginobili (20) and Gary Neal (24) fight for a rebound against Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50)

The San Antonio Spurs packed the paint against Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies.

The San Antonio Spurs grew weary of all the talk about the Memphis Grizzlies and their bruising brand of basketball. In Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, Greg Popovich implemented a game plan which neutralized Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies interior attack. The Spurs shot  49 percent from beyond the arc, thanks to the hot hand of reserve Matt Bonner. The Spurs made a bold statement in their 105-83 victory over the Grizzlies.

Spurs 105 – Grizzlies 83 – More startling than the final score was Zach Randolph’s performance. The man known as Z-Bo was silenced by the Spurs double-teaming and redirecting his shots. Randolph finished with a career-playoff low 2 points on 1-8 shooting in 28 minutes of game time. The Spurs outscored the Grizzlies 42-15 from beyond the arc. Matt Bonner was 4-6 from three-point range. Tony Parker finished with 20 points and 9 assists. In 27 minutes, Tim Duncan had 6 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Kawhi Leonard finished with 18 points.

The Grizzlies shot 42 percent from the floor. Reserve Quincy Pondexter scored a team-high 17 points off the bench. Marc Gasol scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Mike Conley scored 14 points and handed out 8 assists.

The Lineup:

Eagles cut played due to NFL Graduation Rule (Philly.com).

Yahoo buys Tumblr (CNNMoney).

McKnozSports is out  (Paper li).

Terrence Williams arrested for domestic violence (Pro Basketball Talk).

Firefighter missing in 6-alarm Dallas fire (CBS).

Wave of tornadoes sweeps Midwest (CBS).

It’s Hip-Hop Appreciation Week  (Temple of Hip-Hop).

Dwight Howard is intrigued by the Houston Rockets (SI.com).

Law School apps are at their lowest since 2001 (Wall Street Journal).

Kobe Bryant talks retirement on Twitter (Mike and McGoutry).

 

On this day, Larry Holmes defeats Tim Witherspoon.

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