Zach Randolph scored two points on 1-of-8 shooting to go with seven boards, one block and one turnover in 28 minutes during Game 1's loss to the Spurs.
He looked more like Anthony Randolph than Zach Randolph. Z-Bo couldn't buy a bucket today and he took five attempts from inside the paint. He did get a few second chances with three offensive boards, but not even his putbacks could fall. He'll look to turn it around in Game 2 on Tuesday.
Marc Gasol shot 7-of-16 from the field for 15 points with seven boards, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 34 minutes against the Spurs on Sunday.
The Grizzlies weren't themselves today and they had just five second-chance points and only 32 points in the paint. They did win the rebounding battle, but they didn't control the tempo to their usually slower speed. Gasol and the Grizzlies will look to even the series on Tuesday.
Quincy Pondexter scored a team-high 17 points with one board and five 3-pointers in 29 minutes vs. the Spurs on Sunday.
He got hot in the third quarter and made the game close, but San Antonio responded with a 10-2 run to put the game out of reach. Pondexter had been fairly quiet in the playoffs with just 6.5 points per game, which is just a shade above his regular-season average of 6.4. He hit 5-of-9 from beyond the arc and chances are is that this will be his best game of the playoffs.
Zach Randolph bounced back after a couple poor outings for 28 points, 14 rebounds and two steals on 8-of-17 shooting, and also hit 12-of-16 free throws as the Grizzlies beat the Thunder 88-84 in OKC to win Game 5 and take the series 4-1, advancing to the Western Conference Finals.
This is the Grizzlies' first trip to the WCF and they'll face the winner of the Spurs-Warriors series. Randolph missed a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left and a two-point lead, but Kevin Durant wasn't even close with the wide-open jumper he created for himself. Mike Conley had 13 points and 11 dimes, Marc Gasol hit some big shots late to finish with 10 points and seven rebounds, and Tony Allen added 11 points, a huge, late 3-point play and stellar defense in the win.
Marc Gasol scored 23 points with 11 boards and six blocks during Monday's 103-97 overtime win over the Thunder in 48 minutes.
They were down 17 points in the second quarter and made a quick comeback to close the first half and start the second half. The Grizzlies took a commanding lead thanks to their 44 points in the paint and 25-of-29 shooting from the charity stripe. Gasol hit several clutch mid-range jumpers in this game and he's making a case as the best big man left in the playoffs. Zach Randolph wasn't too shabby either, scoring 23 points with 12 boards and three assists in 40 minutes.
Mike Conley shot 7-of-21 from the field for 24 points with three boards, five assists, four steals, four 3-pointers and one turnover in 49 minutes during Game 4's victory over the Thunder on Monday.
His offense has really taken off throughout the year. It all started back in October when Conley hit 2.0 triples per game on 70 percent shooting from downtown in the preseason and it has carried over since. He's active on both ends of the floor and he'll be off the board in the first 20 picks of fantasy drafts next year.
Marc Gasol led Memphis with 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks in Saturday's 87-81 win vs. the visiting Thunder.
The victory gives Memphis a 2-1 lead in the series, though they were out-rebounded and nearly coughed up a late lead despite holding OKC to just 36.4 percent shooting. Gasol's 18.5 points per game in the playoffs rank him second among centers, trailing only Brook Lopez (22.3), with Roy Hibbert (13.5) as the nearest competition among centers still in the playoffs.