MEMPHIS (Sporting Alert) — The Memphis Grizzlies return home and will seek some comfort at home in their Western Conference final series against the San Antonio Spurs.
9:00 PM ET, May 25, 2013
FedExForum, Memphis, TN
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On Saturday the Grizzlies, which trail the Spurs 2-0 after losing the first two games of the series, will go after a vital win in Game 3.
This isn’t the first time Memphis has been in this position after falling 0-2 in the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers and star forward Zach Randolph has called on his teammates to continue to “believe.”
“We got to believe. We got to be confident,” said Randolph, who recovered from a poor Game 1 outing to collect 15 points and 18 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ overtime loss in Game 2.
“We got to believe. Game 2 went down, we came all the way back and went to overtime, so we got to have that confidence and we got to believe in ourselves.”
Memphis is known for their tough physical play at the FedExForum – a place where many teams run into difficulty, but head coach Lionel Hollins warns his team that returning home doesn’t guarantee anything.
“I told our team, being home is not going to win anything for us,” Hollins warned. “We have to go out and play much better.
“There’s no need at this point to change the starting lineup. I mean we lost an overtime game, and we got blown out in a game.
“We have to come here, hold serve and we got to play better, obviously.”
He added: “We’re in the same boat we were when we left L.A. We’re down 0-2. We’ve got to go home and take care of business at home.
“It’s not going to be easy, but that’s where we are.”
Meanwhile, a three day break worked wonders for the San Antonio Spurs, which welcome the opportunity to give some of its players struggling with nagging injuries some extra rest.
One player in particular getting some needed rest was All-Star point guard Tony Parker, who has been struggling with a calf injury.
Both teams are expected to go with the game starting lineup for tonight’s Game 3.