Season 60, Game 77
San Antonio 95, Memphis 89
60-17, 2nd in the West
For the fourth time in about 3 weeks (OK, a bit longer than that, but not much) the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies played a basketball game. In about 11 days, they will play 4 to 7 more basketball games.
So I have nothing to say about this game. It feels like the Spurs and the Grizzlies have been playing the same game over and over for 10 years. The Spurs tend to win more of them than they lose, but they’re never easy and neither team comes out the either end feeling well.
For perspective, the average score of the 4 games this season: San Antonio 90.5, Memphis 93. Take out those pesky extra 5 minutes they played tonight, and that drops to a scintillating 87.75 to 91.75.
In other words, get ready for some playoff grinds.
In happier news, the Spurs won their 60th game, making the first time they’ve won 60 games in back-to-back seasons, which seems rather surprising given their consistent level of excellence. But there you go. We’re still in a golden age of Spurs basketball.
Pulling out on the schedule a bit, this game essentially ended one of the toughest stretches on the Spurs schedule. In that stretch they were 4-1, beating Memphis, Oklahoma City, Utah, and Cleveland; only losing to Golden State. Pretty, pretty good. The team is playing really well, and rounding into a good playoff form.
Tonight’s game kicks off a 4 games in 5 nights stretch, with the rare home and home back-to-back to start. Given tonight’s OT, I’d expect some resting tomorrow night. But the game is against the Lakers, who literally risk the fate of the franchise with every win. Just the battle we were all waiting for: epic rest vs. epic tank.
I feel like rest (the Spurs) should still win that game.
Go Spurs Go.