NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Memphis 35 22 34 22 113
San Antonio 22 32 26 29 109
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , November 11, 2019
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas  Attendance: 18,627

Spurs, Grizzlies look for improved defense

According to STATS
According to STATS

Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs

  1. The Spurs have a 71-24 (.747) record versus the Grizzlies. It is the fourth-best record all-time by a team against a team they have played at least 90 times. It trails three other Spurs matchups, as San Antonio has gone 71-22 (.763) against the Nets, 128-43 (.749) against the Clippers and 89-30 (.748) against the Timberwolves.
  2. Memphis has allowed at least 105 points in all nine of its games this season, tied for the longest streak in franchise history (two other streaks, in 1997-98 & 2007-08). The Grizzlies, Nets and Pelicans are the only teams to allow 105+ points in all of their games this season (nine games each).
  3. Jaren Jackson Jr. matched his season high with 23 points in Memphis' most recent game, a loss to Dallas. He made two three-pointers for just the second time this season and is shooting 25.0 percent from beyond the arc after shooting 35.9 percent from three in his rookie 2018-19 season.
  4. San Antonio has lost three of its last four games after starting the season 4-1. The Spurs have been outscored on average, 114.5-108.0, in their last four after outscoring teams on average, 116.2-111.2, over their first five games.
  5. The Spurs lost their most recent game to the Celtics despite making a season-high 14 three-pointers. Over its last two games, San Antonio is shooting 46.0 percent from three after connecting at a 31.4-percent clip in its first seven.
  6. Patty Mills has scored 113 points this season while Bryn Forbes has scored 130; 58.4 percent of Mills' points have come from three-pointers while 55.4 percent of Forbes' are from triples. These percentages rank sixth and eighth, respectively, among players with at least 100 points this season.

The San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies will look to get back on the winning path when they square off on Monday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Both are coming off their respective worst defensive performances of the season, with the Spurs falling 135-115 at home to the surging Boston Celtics and the Grizzlies dropping a 138-122 home game to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

The shocker of those two results is the lack of aggressive play and defensive execution by the Spurs (5-4), long considered one of the most sound defensive teams in the league. But against the Celtics, San Antonio looked intimidated from the start and ended up being outscored 60-30 in the paint.

Those points in the paint were a season high for a Spurs opponent, as were the 135 points allowed. Boston led by as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was surprised and disappointed by what he saw from his team Saturday.

"What surprises me is that we were so unaggressive and so unphysical against a team," Popovich said. "I mean, I was excited as hell. My team didn't seem to be as excited. I thought it would be a great night just to go compete against a talented team like that, that's going to be contending in the East. But we really didn't look like that."

DeMar DeRozan and Patty Mills led the Spurs' scoring with 22 and 20 points, respectively, in the loss to Boston while Bryn Forbes (14) and Trey Lyles (10) rounded out San Antonio's double-figure scoring.

LaMarcus Aldridge, who had poured in 39 points in a home win over Oklahoma City on Thursday night, finished with only three against the Celtics and didn't make his lone field goal until 1.3 seconds remained in the third quarter.

Meanwhile in Memphis, the Grizzlies (2-7) struggled at home against Dallas, with the Mavericks' 138 points the most surrendered by Memphis in a game this season. In the most recent three-game stretch, opponents averaged 125.7 points a game against the Grizzlies.

There were plenty of factors that contributed to the loss and the lack of defense, including the fact that the Grizzlies were playing the second game of a road-home back-to-back (they also lost in Orlando on Friday). It was the first of 12 back-to-backs for Memphis this season and the second game in a stretch of four games in six days and the fifth in a stretch of 10 games in 18 days.

"That makes it tough," Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said. "But back-to-back nights, as we try to solidify this defensive identity about anchoring down, protecting the paint and (no) second-chance points, it's a struggle."

Memphis played without rookie guard Ja Morant, its leading scorer, who took the night off for rest. Also rookie forward Brandon Clarke did not suit up as he tries to take it easy after a back injury that's limited him lately.

The NBA was notified in advance that both players would be out against Dallas.

"At the end of the day, our player care is the most important thing," Jenkins told the (Memphis) Commercial-Appeal. "We want to make sure our guys are always put in successful situations, and it starts with our health and knowing we're doing everything possible for them on and off the court."

The Spurs and Grizzlies split the 2018-19 season series 2-2, marking the third time in the past five years that the teams did so. San Antonio owns a 71-24 all-time edge over the Grizzlies.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 10, 2019

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