Final: Grizzlies 97, Spurs 107 - April 12, 2012
The Grizzlies reduced their fourth-quarter deficit to two points but were unable to get any closer en route to a 107-97 road loss to the Spurs on Thursday. Rudy Gay scored 19 points and O.J. Mayo added 16 for the Grizzlies, who had won their previous four games.
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On the game
“It was a battle. It was a very physical and aggressive game. Early on we couldn’t figure out how to stop the pick-and-roll. We had a good second quarter and we felt good about yourselves going into the locker room. Then we came out in the third and we gave up 37 points. Tim Duncan got it going. Manu Ginobili got it going. We just could never get back. We have a tough weekend ahead of us with Utah on Saturday and New Orleans on Sunday in New Orleans. Then we go on to Minnesota so it doesn’t get any easier. We just have to keep battling, playing and try to scratch and claw to get a win.”
If switching lineups affected the Grizzlies defensive energy
“That’s just part of the game. I mean it happens. I thought we changed line-ups enough that it didn’t really hurt us that badly. I thought that Marreese (Speights) and Marc (Gasol) were doing a nice job. Then I went back to Zack (Randolph) and O.J. (Mayo) and I thought we still did a good job. We got close. We were there until the end with 58 seconds. If I had to do it over again I probably would have left our group in and just played the possession out. I thought that we could get them thinking that we were going to foul them and just have them hold the ball in the backcourt and get a steal or something. Q (Quincy Pondexter) didn’t understand and he went right up and fouled the best free-thrower shooter and that was big. We just couldn’t some back and score. We just move on from here.”
What do you think the difference was tonight?
“It was a battle. They pressured us, played aggressive and played physical defense on us. They hit big shots, big three’s. Gary Neal hit a couple of big shots and Tim Duncan was Tim Duncan.”
Feelings on playing the Spurs tough tonight
“I guess you can count it as a moral victory. We played them tough. Obviously, we wanted to win this game and it meant a little bit to us. But, its over and it’s our last time playing. Hopefully we’ll play them in the playoffs.”
On the effort the team showed tonight
“I feel like we played with a lot of effort. Maybe not always making the right plays but we played hard. It’s easier to swallow these losses when you are playing hard like we played tonight.”
What was the difference at the end of the game tonight?
“It can be a lot of different things. We just couldn’t get over that hump. We got to two points and they picked it up.”
Where do you feel the difference was tonight?
“I think it took us a while to figure out how to guard the pick and roll. In the third quarter, I think they scored too many points then we would have liked. Then at the end of the game, we just stopped making shots. They made big plays when it counted and were able to make big stops when it counted.”
At the end of the game, did you guys feel like you could not make that big play?
“Yeah, we just needed one stop at that point just to give ourselves a chance and we couldn’t do it. Then we tried to run a play out of bounds and we couldn’t get a good look. They were able to seal the game at the free throw line.”
On the effort the team showed tonight
“The effort was there. We always want to give ourselves a chance. As long as we give ourselves a chance to win, we feel like we did our part. We just didn’t have enough tonight. We didn’t make enough shots at the end, but like you said, we gave the effort and we tried to win.”