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National Basketball Association
Preview
Memphis at San Antonio
When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

What looked like an easy series for the San Antonio Spurs after the first two games is turning into quite the battle as the Memphis Grizzlies gain confidence and find the win column. The Spurs will try to take back control of the series and go up 3-2 when the Grizzlies visit San Antonio for Game 5 on Tuesday.

The second-seeded Spurs breezed to wins in the first two games at home but found a different Memphis squad on the road and dropped two straight, including a 110-108 overtime setback on Saturday night that wasted a historic performance from forward Kawhi Leonard. San Antonio's MVP candidate scored the team's final 16 points in regulation to force overtime before Grizzlies center Marc Gasol buried the game-winner in the final second. “That was a great game,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters. "Both teams played their hearts out; just a fantastic basketball game. The fans got their money’s worth, for sure. At the end, Marc made a great shot. [LaMarcus Aldridge] contested it very, very well, and it went down. The effort from both teams was marvelous." Seventh-seeded Memphis still needs to steal a game in San Antonio to win the series and dropped the first two at the Spurs by a combined 43 points.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, NBATV, FSN Southeast (Memphis), FSN Southwest (San Antonio)

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES: Gasol hit the game winner but it was point guard Mike Conley doing his best two keep up with Leonard that kept Memphis in the game and helped them even the series. Conley set a franchise postseason record with 35 points in the Game 4 triumph and is averaging 24 points and 7.8 assists in the series. "The guy’s a superstar," Grizzlies coach David Fizdale told reporters of Conley. "You’ve watched it happen this year, but now you’re watching it on the biggest stage with the biggest lights, and he’s really rising to the occasion. Can you think of a guy you’d rather root for? This guy is as good of a human being as you can get. Whatever good happens for him, I expect it, and I’m just really proud of his evolution as a player."

ABOUT THE SPURS:
Leonard scored a career playoff-high 43 points in Game 4 to mark the third time in the series he either matched or exceeded a previous personal best. The San Diego State product went 7-of-10 from 3-point range and added eight rebounds and six steals while the rest of the San Antonio squad went a combined 2-of-20 from beyond the arc in the loss. "Honestly, I’m taking suggestions on how to guard Kawhi Leonard," Fizdale told reporters. "I’ve tried everything, and the guy is just tough. Man, is he a superstar."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Grizzlies SG Vince Carter went 3-of-5 from 3-point range in Game 4 to become the first 40-year-old in NBA history to make at least three 3-pointers in a playoff game.

2. Leonard is 40-of-40 from the free-throw line in the series.

3. The teams combined to go 39-of-41 from the free-throw line in Game 4.

PREDICTION: Spurs 102, Grizzlies 92
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Memphis 45-41 W2 26-17 19-24 2-5 43-36 10-10 30-26
San Antonio 63-23 L2 33-10 30-12 4-2 59-21 13-7 38-18
Last Meeting
Memphis San Antonio
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/22/17 SA 108 MEM 110 110 51 46.3 108 37 42.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Memphis M. Conley 35 56.5 5
San Antonio K. Leonard 43 46.7 8
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Memphis M. Gasol 12 2 10
San Antonio P. Gasol 11 5 6
Assists Player  
Memphis M. Conley 8
San Antonio T. Parker 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Memphis M. Gasol 1590 45.6 310
San Antonio K. Leonard 2095 49.0 532
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Memphis Z. Randolph 666 188 478
San Antonio L. Aldridge 572 186 386
Assists Player  
Memphis M. Conley 488
San Antonio T. Parker 306
Quickchart Matchup
Memphis Memphis Off vs  San Antonio San Antonio Defense
Memphis Off vs San Antonio - Points For 100.2 Points For
Memphis Off vs San Antonio - Points Against 98.0 Points Against
Memphis - FG% 43.5 FG%
San Antonio - FG% 44.3 FG%
Memphis - Reb 42.6 Reb
San Antonio - Reb 41.3 Reb
San Antonio San Antonio Off vs  Memphis Memphis Defense
San Antonio Off vs Memphis - Points For 105.2 Points For
San Antonio Off vs Memphis - Points Against 100.1 Points Against
San Antonio - FG% 46.9 FG%
Memphis - FG% 44.4 FG%
San Antonio - Reb 43.7 Reb
Memphis - Reb 42.0 Reb