Spurs limit touches to make Z-Bo a no-go
May, 19, 2013
By Gregg Found, Justin Page & Sunny Saini, ESPN Stats & Info | ESPN.com
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The Spurs made a franchise-record 14 three-pointers and limited Zach Randolph to two points.
The San Antonio Spurs didn't yield a point to Zach Randolph until there was 9:26 left on the clock in the fourth quarter. By that point, the Spurs already had an 18-point lead.
So it went for Randolph, who entered the game leading the Memphis Grizzlies in scoring this postseason with 19.7 points per game.
Randolph finished with two points, a playoff career low in games where he played at least 10 minutes.
The Spurs limited him to just 11 offensive touches. ESPN Stats & Info video tracking defined those as "touches on the offensive end of the floor," including offensive rebounds.
What's more, only two of Randolph's 11 offensive touches came in a post-up situation. Entering the game the Grizzlies led the NBA in scoring from post-ups this postseason with 221 points (20.1 per game).
The Spurs set a franchise playoff record by hitting 14 three-pointers in the game.
They spread those 14 three-pointers among six different players while the Grizzlies three-pointers were made by only one player: Quincy Pondexter.
And in what must make Gregg Popovich happy, all 14 of the Spurs three-pointers were assisted.
The Spurs spread the bounty there, too. While six different players made a three-pointer, seven different players assisted on one. That includes kick-out passes from Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter.
Spotting Pop a lead
Now the Grizzlies are looking at 1-0 deficit against a coach that has won more than 120 playoff games and four championships.
Gregg Popovich is 19-3 all-time in best-of-seven playoff series when his team wins Game 1. His .864 series win percentage after Game 1 wins ranks only behind Phil Jackson and Red Auerbach among head coaches with 15 postseason series worth of experience all-time.
Both Jackson (36-0 series record) and Auerbach (15-0) had perfect series records after winning the opener.