Tony Parker (calf) will have a precautionary MRI.
There is no indication of anything serious, and the MRI is just designed in order to monitor his recovery after he's dealt with a calf injury during the playoffs. We don't expect Parker to miss any time, but we're putting him on the injury report just in case. Parker reported improvement in the calf, but also noted it was the worst bruise of his career.
Tony Parker hit just 6-of-20 shots, one 3-pointer and 2-of-4 free throws, but finished with 15 points, five rebounds, a career-high 18 assists, three steals and just two turnovers as the Spurs held off the Grizzlies 93-89 in overtime to take Game 2 and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.
Parker hit 1-of-2 free throws with 14.6 seconds left in OT to put the Grizzlies up by three, followed by a bad Jerryd Bayless miss from downtown. Parker was sensational all night, but the Spurs gave up an 18-point lead before winning in OT. Tim Duncan came through with a huge block, boards and bucket in OT to finish with 17 points, nine boards, two steals and four blocks after sitting out much of the fourth quarter with foul trouble, while Danny Green (11 points, three 3-pointers), Tiago Splitter (14 points, two blocks), and Kawhi Leonard (12 points, nine boards) all played well as every Spurs' starter scored in double figures. Game 3 is in Memphis on Saturday.
Kawhi Leonard drew heavy praise from his teammates following San Antonio's Game 1 demolition of the Grizzlies.
"Kawhi's been awesome," Tim Duncan said. "He's been unbelievable, especially the last series and the start of this one. He's playing a little hurt but finding a way to play through that," Duncan added. Duncan also referred to Leonard's play as Kawhi "bossing." Leonard said he's "just getting comfortable," and Manu Ginobili added "he has become a big part of what we do." There is no understating Leonard's growth and importance to the Spurs right now.
Tim Duncan was quiet in the Spurs' 103-85 win over the Grizzlies on Sunday, scoring six points with 10 boards, four assists and two blocks in 27 minutes.
His defense was the story and he was putting a lot of energy into successfully defending Zach Randolph. It's going to be tough sledding for Duncan on offense with Memphis ranking first in the NBA in field goal percentage allowed in the paint. Obviously, if the Spurs are going to shoot 14-of-29 from downtown against an outstanding D like Memphis', it really isn't going to matter how Duncan performs on offense. The Spurs will host Game 2 on Tuesday.
Matt Bonner was sprung into action on Sunday and hit four 3-pointers in 17 minutes, scoring 12 points with two boards and one assist.
Bonner played just 9.7 minutes per game in the series vs. the Warriors, but Gregg Popovich wisely utilized him more in an effort to mess with Memphis' rhythm on both ends. Pop playing the matchups is old hat these days and fantasy owners can tell you all about how he rarely treats his opponents the same.
Danny Green scored 16 points in a 105-83 win over the Grizzlies on Sunday to go with four boards, three assists and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes.
The Spurs absolutely destroyed the Grizzlies from beyond the arc, making 14-of-29 from that range. Green was eighth in the NBA with his 177 3-pointers during the regular season and he's been a large part of the Spurs' success. Memphis will have to keep a body on him while Tony Parker penetrates the defense, which is no easy task.
Tony Parker scored a game-high 20 points in San Antonio's Game 1 win on Sunday, adding one board, nine assists and two steals in 33 minutes.
He shot 9-of-14 from the field in the win, which is nothing new for Parker. During the regular season, he led all guards with his 52.2 percent from the field, but he's been somewhat cool in the playoffs, making 45.2 percent of his shots in the first two rounds. Parker's D on Mike Conley was also solid and the Spurs will look to take a big 2-0 lead on Tuesday.