SAN ANTONIO (Sporting Alert) — Keeping Zach Randolph quiet for back-to-back games will not be an easy task, but the San Antonio Spurs will look to keep him still again when they face the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night.
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Spurs cruised to a comfortable 105-83 victory over the Grizzlies in Game 1 Sunday night with Randolph going 1-for-8 from the field for just two points.
“It’s more frustrating than embarrassing,” Randolph, who finished with seven rebounds in 28-minutes of action, said.
Despite the disappointed showing, Randolph, who admits that he didn’t sleep at all after his performance in the Game 1 defeat, is ready to move past it.
“It’s basketball. It happens to the best of them,” the All-Star forward said.
“Muhammad Ali, he got knocked down before.
“What made him the greatest fighter in the world is he always bounced back.”
On the other side, All-Star point guard Tony Parker, who scored a game high 20 points and nine assists, was pushing his team for the opening win.
That victory came very easily, but Parker warns it could take a turn.
“Everything can change real fast,” point guard Tony Parker said.
The Grizzlies came back from 1-0 to win four straight and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the last series, while coming back from 2-0 down against the Los Angeles Clippers to win 4-2.
So, Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins is backing his team to respond in Game 2 on Tuesday night here in San Antonio.
“That’s what you do in life. Every time you have a bad moment, you’ve got to bounce back and get up and go again,” Hollins said.
“You have a bad day, you’ve got to get up the next morning and make it a good day.
“Every team has lost games that have been really bad, they’ve lost one-point buzzer-beaters, all of those types of things.
“If you’re going to be in life and live, you’ve got to get up and go do it again and try to be better.”
Kawhi Leonard, who hit 4-of-5 from three-point range and made 18 points and Danny Green, who finished with 16 were also big time contributors for San Antonio.
Tim Duncan only had six points with 10 rebounds, but was a better contributor than what the numbers showed.
Marc Gasol, who averaged 19.4 points per game in the series win over the Thunder, paced the Grizzlies with 15 points.