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Old 11-24-2008, 01:56 AM   #1
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Monday, November 24, 2008

Even with their experienced starting backcourt sidelined, the San Antonio Spurs are finding ways to win. The Memphis Grizzlies, meanwhile, keep losing despite the strong play of their young guards.

The Spurs go for their fifth win in six games Monday night as they travel to Memphis, which will be trying to avoid a third straight defeat.

San Antonio (6-6) is coming off a 119-94 rout of Utah on Friday, as it hit a season-high 51.9 percent from the field. Roger Mason started his seventh straight game at point guard in place of Tony Parker, who suffered a sprained left ankle Nov. 7, and scored a season-high 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting.

``I wasn't going to go too crazy, but it was one of those nights,'' said Mason, who went 7-of-10 from 3-point range. ``Definitely felt good. If I had an open look, I was mad if I missed one.''

The Spurs started 8-of-9 from beyond the arc and finished at a season-best 60 percent (15-of-25). They're shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range and are 5-2 since Parker was injured.

``I think when we get everyone back, (Mason) will give us the depth we've been looking for,'' said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, referring to the absence of Parker and Manu Ginobili, who could make his 2008-09 debut next week after offseason ankle surgery. ``I thought he was excellent at both ends tonight. He took advantage of offensive situations and played a really fine all-around game.''

So did rookie reserve George Hill, who scored a career-high 23 points as the Spurs' bench outscored Utah's 55-34.

Tim Duncan, who had 18 points and seven rebounds against the Jazz, is shooting 54.7 percent from the field this season - his highest percentage since his rookie season of 1997-98, when he made 54.9 percent.

Duncan averaged 23.1 points on 59.4 percent shooting in his first eight games at Memphis, but has scored just 15.5 per game and hit 44.8 percent in his last four visits.

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Old 11-24-2008, 10:58 PM   #2
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manu's back! If they stay healthy they are my favorites to win the title.

The injury to parker and manu somehow were blessings in disguise for this team, the reserves got their playing time and with it the experience and confidence to play on the court with out the 2 other allstars.. when this team starts to win, expect people to say that their bench deep..which obviously isnt.
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