It’s unfortunate, but almost a given that the Spurs were going to blow out the Grizzlies in their matchup. Memphis, being riddled with injuries, stood no chance against the league’s second-best team and got throttled, 106-74. One of more shocking outcomes of Sunday’s games was how the Clippers dominated the Trail Blazers and blew them out by 20, 115-95.
Spurs vs. Grizzlies
The matchup between the Spurs and Grizzlies is the most lopsided because of Memphis being without their key guys, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. As if it wasn’t a tough enough battle, Memphis played game one in San Antonio where the Spurs have been beaten just one time.
At the end of the first half, the score was relatively close, and Memphis trailed 48-37. Vince Carter had 11 points on 4/5 shooting, and Lance Stephenson had nine on 4/8 to lead the Grizzlies. Their defense was shockingly good as well, holding San Antonio to 43% from the field; Memphis did a nice job on the boards with 22 and weren’t careless with the ball, committing just seven turnovers.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard were the half’s leading scorers with 13 and 12, respectively. Leonard was a terror on defense with three steals and two blocks. After halftime, the game got out of hand. San Antonio finished the third quarter with 33 points on 72% shooting from the field and held Memphis to just 14 points.
Although Memphis had a 23-point fourth, none of San Antonio’s starters played. Even without their starters, the Spurs were still able to outscore the Grizzlies and hung 25 on them with ten from Kevin Martin.
Leonard finished as the game’s leading scorer with 20 and added four steals and three blocks. Aldridge (17), Patty Mills (15), Tony Parker (15), and Kevin Martin (10) all finished in double figures as well. Vince Carter led Memphis with 16.
Game two is Tuesday, April 19 at 9:30 PM EST in San Antonio.
Clippers vs. Blazers
Now this was a shock. Portland put together a remarkable season, so them getting dismantled like they did really speaks about the Clippers. LA has yet to lose with Blake Griffin coming back from injury/suspension, and Chris Paul put on a fantastic showing for the home crowd.
Griffin and the Clippers got out to an early lead, and it was an indication of what was to come. After one, they led 25-21 after Griffin put in ten points and Paul dished out four dimes. Damian Lillard shot well in the first and led Portland with eight points; Maurice Harkless had five points but was limited with foul trouble, and Mason Plumlee hauled in six boards.
The second quarter was much of the same, and the Clippers outscored the Blazers by three, 24-21. Chris Paul started getting hot and had 12 of LA’s points. Griffin had just three points after his stellar first quarter but pulled down seven boards.
After halftime, the game slowly got away from Portland. The Clippers outscored them 65-53 in the half with CP3 leading with 14 points and six assists. Lillard and C.J. McCollum both struggled in the second half and combined for ten points on 2/10 shooting.
Chris Paul had a game-high 28 points on 10/19 shooting and 11 assists. Griffin and DeAndre Jordan had 19 and 18 points, respectively, and both reigned in 12 boards. Lillard was the leading scorer for Portland with 21, and Gerald Henderson had 16 off the bench.
Game two will be on Wednesday, April 20 at 10:30 PM EST in Los Angeles.