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Kawhi Leonard was incredible during a 110-108 overtime loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 43 points with eight rebounds, three assists, six blocks and seven 3-pointers.

His fourth quarter was one for the ages, scoring the Spurs' final 16 points in regulation. The Grizzlies were throwing doubles at him for most of his halfcourt sets and coach David Fizdale mentioned he pulled out all the stops to try and stop him. "I'm taking suggestions on how to guard Kawhi Leonard," Fizdale said after the game. Leonard's offense has been unreal in this series as he matched his playoff career-high 32 in Game 1, set a new career high in Game 2 with 37, and followed that up with this explosion. He did struggle a bit in overtime with some offensive mistakes, so maybe he is human after all. Regardless, this is Exhibit A for anyone who wants to argue Kawhi is the best player in the NBA.
Apr 22 - 11:40 PM

Tony Parker bounced back in Game 4 against the Grizzlies, scoring 22 points with four rebounds, five assists, one steal and two turnovers in 37 minutes.

Those 37 minutes were by far the most he's played all season and in the playoffs. Parker hasn't hit the 32-minute mark since Jan. 10, so coach Gregg Popovich went into uncharted waters. After his zero-point, 19-minute game on Thursday, the Spurs have to be satisfied Parker was able to produce.
Apr 22 - 11:32 PM
David Lee - F/C - Spurs

David Lee made a spot start on Saturday, finishing with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in a loss to the Grizzlies.

He was not very good in the starting lineup, posting a -15 in the +/- stat. Dewayne Dedmon should feel better for Tuesday's Game 5, so expect Lee to move back to his role of minutes in the teens. He did not score in Game 3.
Apr 22 - 11:17 PM

Danny Green made 2-of-9 from the field for five points with one rebound and one block in 26 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

When Bad Danny Green shows up, you're going to notice. It wasn't just about his bad shooting line, he was also not the same defensive player. Green still saw a good amount of minutes in this game, but he may have a shorter leash in Game 4 on Tuesday.
Apr 22 - 11:11 PM

Dewayne Dedmon (illness) will not play against the Grizzlies in Game 4 on Saturday.

Dedmon has been starting and played 12.7 minutes per game in this series, so it's not the toughest hole to fill. The Spurs will likely divide those minutes to Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge and David Lee. Davis Bertans could also be an option as the last man in the rotation, or maybe they go with more Kyle Anderson.
Apr 22 - 5:23 PM

Kawhi Leonard scored just 18 points during a 105-94 loss to the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Thursday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

He made 6-of-11 from the field and all four free throws, so he was still efficient. The Grizzlies were more aggressive on Kawhi when he was on the perimeter, which somewhat explains the dip in usage. Luckily for coach David Fizdale, they were able to keep Kawhi from getting to the line, so we won't get a "take that for data" rant today. Even the best robots have off days, so expect Kawhi to get a software upgrade for Game 4 on Saturday.
Apr 21 - 12:20 AM

Kyle Anderson scored 15 points with three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

The Spurs went small for most of the second half, so that explains most of the output here for Anderson. He'll have a very tough time matching this output in Game 4.
Apr 21 - 12:14 AM

Tony Parker did not score in 19 minutes against the Grizzlies on Thursday, adding just one rebound and one turnover.

After Parker looked to have found the fountain of youth in the first two games with his 16.5 points per game, he just came out flat today and Mike Conley also took care of business. Based on how much he struggled throughout the regular season, there is a little cause for concern for the future Hall of Fame point guard.
Apr 21 - 12:12 AM

Coach David Fizdale said coach Gregg Popovich found a way to get a robot on an NBA roster with Kawhi Leonard.

"He stood beside me and wasn't breathing," Fizdale said of Leonard. "He bleeds antifreeze." The Kawhitron 2000 is a learning computer with a neural-net processor sent to planet earth to dominate basketball games. Kidding aside, Kawhi is absolutely ridiculous so far in these playoffs, scoring 34.5 points per game on a pristine 85.6 true shooting percentage.
Apr 20 - 2:35 PM

Tony Parker scored 15 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three triples vs. the Grizzlies on Monday.

The playoff version of Tony Parker is so much more fun. After averaging 10.1 points on 9.0 field goal attempts during the regular season, Parker is averaging 16.5 points on 13.5 FGAs through the first two games of this series. He also attempted five 3-pointers tonight which only happened once during the regular season. If you need a cheap PG in DFS, Parker is firmly back in the mix as a viable play.
Apr 18 - 12:39 AM

Danny Green scored 12 points with two rebounds, one block and four 3-pointers in Monday's Game 2 win over the Grizzlies.

After a two-point dud in Game 1, Green got back on track tonight and all five of his shot attempts were from beyond the arc. Green is now second in 3-pointers made in Spurs playoff history with 162, as he passed Bruce Bowen (161) and now only trails Manu Ginobili (309). Speaking of Ginobili, he had his second scoreless game in a row, missing all four of his shots from the field with four boards, three assists and three steals.
Apr 18 - 12:31 AM

Kawhi Leonard scored a playoff career-high 37 points in Monday's 96-82 Game 2 win over the Grizzlies, giving the Spurs a 2-0 series lead.

The Grizzlies really miss Tony Allen (calf). Leonard finished 9-of-14 from the field and added 11 rebounds and two assists, and he also set the franchise record for most free throws made without a miss (19-of-19) -- Tim Duncan was the previous record holder (15-of-15). Leonard had 32 points with five assists, three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in Game 1, and he's now shooting 71.4 percent from the field in this series.
Apr 18 - 12:24 AM

Kawhi Leonard set a new playoff career-high five assists and matched his best with 32 points during an easy 111-82 win over the Grizzlies on Saturday, adding three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in just 32 minutes.

He scored 15 points in the third quarter to match Memphis' scoring output as a team in that frame and is really just unfair. Heck, even coach Gregg Popovich gave him credit after the game. "That's what star players do," Pop said after the game. Leonard made 11-of-14 from the field and all nine free throws, so it's abundantly clear the Grizzlies will miss Tony Allen (calf) a whole lot. There figures to be a lot of garbage time in this series, but Leonard is going to feast in the first three quarters. It looks like the Spurs will be just fine without Tim Duncan.
Apr 15 - 11:00 PM

Tony Parker scored 18 points with two rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

For basically the entire season, Parker looked like he aged five years, but he was able to get good looks against Mike Conley while the Spurs were able to hide him on defense. Maybe Parker was sandbagging us all along, but he's still a questionable DFS punt in Game 2 on Monday.
Apr 15 - 10:53 PM

Manu Ginobili did not score with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 13 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

He did take a Zach Randolph elbow to his eye and needed to go to the locker room at the end of the second quarter, but he looked fine and was able to return. Ginobili is likely looking at minutes around 20 when it doesn't get to garbage time.
Apr 15 - 10:46 PM


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