By Scott Spangler


While this was a historic day for Memphis with the Grizzlies getting their first playoff win in franchise history, this should in no way suggest the Spurs are in trouble. Not just yet. After today, San Antonio is 3-6 in their last 9 playoff openers. Of the previous eight encounters, they went on to advance to the conference semis in all but one.

Admittedly, I was shocked to see San Antonio drop this one after shooting 47 free throws. It could have been the 6 for 17 fourth quarter shooting that did the Spurs in today. Their defense, not to be confused with that of their championship reign, also played a part. Memphis got to the line quite a bit themselves. More than anything, they really did damage in the paint, especially down the stretch.

Then again, that is what the Grizzlies do. Zach Randolph and Gasol from the foul line down - the bread and butter that sustains this club.

Pop and his staff have adjustments to make. Knowing them, those items shall be addressed in short order. Still, problems do occur with a guard-heavy lineup when perimeter looks aren’t falling - and even more so when the opponent is equipped to attack the rim.

Perhaps the most important adjustment being Manu Ginobili in the lineup Wednesday. He was certainly missed this afternoon.