Spurs Vs. Grizzlies, Game 2: Spurs Survive To Even Series With 93-87 Win

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Grizzlies Vs. Spurs Score: George Hill Helps San Antonio Close Out Memphis 93-87

Memphis didn't make it easy but San Antonio survived Game 2, 93-87 to even the series at 1-1. The Spurs got 17 points and seven rebounds from Manu Ginobli in his return to the court after sitting out Game 1 with a hyperextended elbow. Tim Duncan recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards before fouling out late. 

The Spurs led by five with under a minute to go when Sam Young hit a three to close the gap to just two points. The Spurs George Hill also scored 16 for the Spurs and helped ice the game converting four free throws and grabbing a big defensive rebound down the stretch.

Young led the Grizzlies with 17 points. Tony Allen added 15 while Marc Gasol had 12 points and 17 rebounds for Memphis. 

The series now shifts to Memphis where the Grizzlies have to be confident after splitting the two games in San Antonio. 

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Grizzlies Vs. Spurs Score: San Antonio Leads Memphis 66-65 After Three

After trailing by three at the half, San Antonio came roaring back to snatch away the lead before a late push by Memphis closed the gap yet again. The Spurs grabbed a one point lead 66-65 after outscoring Memphis 25-21 in the third quarter. Manu Ginobli is leading the way for San Antonio with 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Richard Jefferson has 13 points while Tim Duncan and Tony Parker each have 12 for San Antonio.

For Memphis, Mike Conley has kept the Grizzlies in the game with 13 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Marc Gasol has nine points and 13 rebounds for the Grizzlies. 

Turnovers have started to pile up for the Grizzlies as they now have 12 through three quarters of play. San Antonio took advantage turning defense into offense with Ginobli leading the way. Still Memphis refuses to go away and is in position to steal yet another game from the heavily favored Spurs. 

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Grizzlies Vs. Spurs Score: Memphis Takes 44-41 Lead Into Halftime

Manu Ginobli returned to action for the Spurs but the Grizzlies aren't backing down and lead San Antonio 44-41 at the half. Tony Allen leads the way for the Grizzlies with nine points. Sam Young added eight, while Marc Gasol has six points and 10 rebounds in the first half. 

San Antonio out shot the Grizzlies in the first half but Memphis made the most of its extra opportunities by attempting 11 more shots than the Spurs. 

Tony Parker, Richard Jefferson, and Tim Duncan all have eight points apiece for San Antonio. Parker has five assists while Ginobli has seven points and four rebounds. Ginobli may be struggling with his shot (2-8) but is playing with the same reckless abandon that we have come accustomed to. He has spent countless times during the first half picking himself up off the floor. 

San Antonio may look to get Tim Duncan a little more involved offensively in the second half. Duncan hit all three of his shot attempts in the first two quarters. 

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Grizzlies Vs. Spurs Score: Manu Ginobli Returns, Memphis And San Antonio Tied After One

Tony Parker has six early points but the San Antonio Spurs find themselves tied 17-17 with the Memphis Grizzlies after one quarter of play. Game 2 has picked up right where Game 1 left off as both teams are employing a physical and grinding brand of basketball. 

Manu Ginobli made his return to the San Antonio lineup and has proceeded to throw his body all over the court despite having an injured elbow Ginobli only has two points and missed all of his field goal attempts but does have four rebounds. Tim Duncan has four points as well for San Antonio. 

 The Spurs have made a habit of leaving Memphis guard Tony Allen open for jump shots in the early going. Allen has connected on three of them and is leading the Grizzlies with six early points. Zach Randolph and Sam Young each have four. Marc Gasol failed to score in the first but grabbed a game high five rebounds. 

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Grizzlies Vs. Spurs: Manu Ginobli Will Play In Game 2 Wednesday Night

Spurs guard Manu Ginobli will return to the Spurs lineup Wednesday night after sitting out the Game 1 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies with a hyperextended elbow. Ginobli originally suffered the injury in the final game of the regular season against the Phoenix Suns. George Hill started in place of Ginobli and scored 15 points despite going only 2-7 from the field and 0-3 from three-point range. 

Ginobli reportedly wanted to play in Game 1 but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich elected to give his All-Star more rest. Ginobli is the Spurs second leading scorer averaging 17.4 points per game this season. He was seen warming up before tonight's game wearing a heavily padded sleeve on his elbow. 

San Antonio will most certainly welcome back Ginobli with open arms as he gives them yet another dynamic ball handler that is capable of carrying the team offensively. 

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Manu Ginobili A Game-Time Decision For Spurs In Game 2 Vs. Grizzlies

Manu Ginobili will be a game-time decision for the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of the team's first-round NBA Playoffs series against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, reports Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News. Ginobili, an All-Star and San Antonio's No. 2 scorer, missed Game 1 due to a hyperextended elbow suffering in the final game of the regular season, one week exactly prior to Game 2. The Spurs lost Game 1 on a Shane Battier three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining, and Ginobili's replacement George Hill struggled.

McDonald reports that whether Manu can physically play won't be the question Spurs coach Gregg Popovich asks in making his decision, however.

"The decision is more whether a player can help or not," Popovich said. "He's definitely not going to be 100 percent. So is it good for the team or bad for the team (if he plays)?"

Game 2 tips off at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV.

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Spurs Vs. Grizzlies, Game 2: Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol Seek Memphis Repeat

The Memphis Grizzlies quite nearly left Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs looking bleak. It took a Shane Battier go-ahead dagger and a Richard Jefferson brick to save the Grizzlies from a heartrending collapse in San Antonio, where the Spurs lacked Manu Ginobili, perhaps their best player. Memphis struggled from the line late and let Matt Bonner spring free from Zach Randolph to hit some major threes. But fortune smiled on the Grizz, and an upset took a step toward reality.

Step No. 2 could come Wednesday, or never. The teams reconvene in S.A. for Game 2 on Wednesday (8:30 p.m., NBA TV), with Manu's status still uncertain. Randolph was an offensive and rebounding monster in Game 1, and Marc Gasol missed exactly one shot as the duo beat up Tim Duncan and the poor soul that happened to be next to him at any given point (a mix of Antonio McDyess, DeJuan Blair and Bonner, with the latter pair earning the majority of the punishment). Duncan was able to get plenty back on the other end, especially early. But the game's great imbalance was right here, where the Spurs so often win.

Unless the Spurs adjust, send help and live with Mike Conley, Tony Allen and O.J. Mayo taking shots more open than usual, it could happen again; remember that Manu can't stop Z-Bo and Marc, either. He can fill the net, though, and keep Memphis on its collective heels. Keep in mind, again, that the Memphis Grizzlies quite nearly left Game 1 against San Antonio looking bleak; this is a contested series that the Spurs expect to win.

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