2013 NBA Playoffs: Memphis Grizzlies' Offense Has Vanished Against San Antonio Spurs

By Jason Weingartner
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The San Antonio Spurs held serve in Texas on Tuesday night, going up 2-0 in their Western Conference Finals series against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The next challenge they’re facing is heading east to try to steal a game in Tennessee. If the Grizzlies’ offense looks as inept as it did on the road in San Antonio, there is a great chance they’ll get the job done.

The Grizzlies have played a rough and tough brand of basketball all season long, leading the league in defensive numbers while finishing close to the bottom on the offensive side of the ball. Their scoring troubles shouldn’t come as a huge shock when watching this series.

That being said, Memphis’ offensive production is not firing at a level that will get them through this series and to the NBA Finals.

The Grizzlies tallied 37 and 31 points in the first halves of games one and two respectively in this series. That is not the kind of early production that will take down the perennial contending Spurs.

Memphis needs more production from its starters to have a shot at winning this series. PF Zach Randolph has gotten off to slow starts in both games. He needs to establish himself as a force in the post game to get perimeter shooters open looks.

The Grizzlies did close the gap and force overtime in Game 2, but their efforts quickly fizzled out. Coming off a timeout late in overtime, Memphis’ offense was reduced to long-range prayers heaved up by guard Jerryd Bayless.

The Grizzlies have a day to regroup and make adjustments to try and right the ship. If they show up in Game 3 with the same disjointed offensive scheme, look for the Spurs to cruise to the NBAFinals.

Jason Weingartner is an NBA and NFL contributor for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @JaWeingartner or add him to your network on Google.

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