(WMC-TV) - Heading into game three, the Grizzlies must make it a point of emphasis to create more spacing – opening up the post game for Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. That all starts with picking up the pace and point guard Mike Conley bringing the ball up the court as quick as possible.
"I have to do a much better job of being up the court a little bit earlier, and making sure our bigs run and making sure Zach's down there, making sure Tay and Tony and all those guys aren't behind me. I have to get everybody in front of me and in front of the ball so we can make a play earlier in the shot clock," said Conley.
"That's what we've been trying to preach this whole series is we need to get down the court, and not let San Antonio set their defense and call plays with 15 seconds on the shot clock," said coach Lionel Hollins.
In game two, the Grizzlies assisted on 58 percent of their shots whit the spurs had a mark of 81 percent.
"It's just a matter of picking our pace up offensively," said Tayshaun Prince. "You know we're playing so slow and therefore they're getting to our shots, they're contesting our shots and making us take a lot of things that we don't want to do so we got to get into our pace a lot quicker."
So while the guards know they will have to pick up the pace, the bigs know they will need better movement in order to create more space.
"I got to some way, somehow, free myself from up there and be able to drive around the guys a couple times. Got to do more movement, you know, got to clear the lane for the guards to drive and kick, so you know, I can't just stand up there all the time," said Marc Gasol.
Playing in front of a packed grindhouse should help the Grizzlies energy, naturally causing them to pick up the pace.
The Grizz hope that will allow their offense to run smoother, something the fans should be able to tell within the first few minutes.
"Get into the pace a lot quicker means the shots will come a little bit more natural, a little bit more easier, more rhythm shots, more rhythm opportunities, so the pace of the game, you can tell, hopefully if its good in the first quarter, it will really dictate how we'll shoot the ball," said Prince.
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