The Memphis Grizzlies are off to an excellent start in their first home playoff game since 2006. They have jumped on the Spurs early and lead by a score of 29-29 in Game 3 of their 2011 NBA Playoffs series. The winner will take a 2-1 series lead.
The Spurs got off to a bit of a slow start, looking a bit nervous as the FedEx Forum crowd got loud. Gregg Popovich tried to calm him troops down by telling them that it's "just basketball" that they've "been here before," but it didn't really work. The Grizzlies continued to pound San Antonio inside, shooting over 50 percent from the floor. A Shane Battier three-pointer from the corner gave Memphis a 25-18 lead with 1:54 to go in the first quarter, leading to another Spurs timeout.
The Spurs responded by going to a three-guard lineup, placing George Hill, Gary Neal and Manu Ginobili in the lineup at the same time, but it didn't really work. Battier responded by posting up Ginobili for a jump hook to push the Grizzlies' lead to nine, and Neal had his shot blocked at the buzzer.