After dismantling the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, the San Antonio Spurs will look to defend their home court on Tuesday before the series moves to Memphis.
Meanwhile, the defending champion Miami Heat will host the Indiana Pacers for the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals before the series heads to Indiana.
Here's the TV schedule for this week's action, complete with a breakdown of each series.
NBA Playoffs TV Schedule—Week of May 20
|Memphis at San Antonio, Game 2||Tuesday, May 21||9 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Indiana at Miami, Game 1||Wednesday, May 22||8:30 p.m.||TNT||TNT Overtime|
|Indiana at Miami, Game 2||Friday, May 24||8:30 p.m.||TNT||TNT Overtime|
|San Antonio at Memphis, Game 3||Saturday, May 25||9 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Miami at Indiana, Game 3||Sunday, May 26||8:30 p.m.||TNT||TNT Overtime|
Memphis vs. San Antonio
The problem the Grizzlies will always have to face is finding ways to score enough points to defeat the Spurs. In Game 1 that was evident, when Memphis shot 43 percent from the field.
That wasn't far off from the Grizzlies' numbers against the Spurs in the regular season. Memphis shot 44 percent against San Antonio in four regular-season matchups.
The fact of the matter is, the Grizzlies can't afford for Zach Randolph to disappear against San Antonio. The Spurs frustrated Randolph with double teams in Game 1, holding him to two points on 1-of-8 shooting. When you are a poor shooting team, you can't afford for your stars to go missing.
Of course, San Antonio's offense is also something to fear. Since shooting 36 percent against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals, San Antonio has shot a combined 50 percent in its last three games. That's despite Manu Ginobili shooting poorly in all of those games, including Game 1 against Memphis.
It's really quite simple. Randolph has to play big if Memphis has any chance of upsetting San Antonio in this series. It would behoove the Grizzlies to find a way to slow down Tony Parker, too.
Indiana vs. Miami
Surprise, surprise, Indiana faces the same problem against Miami as Memphis does against San Antonio.
The Pacers shot 44 percent against the Heat in three regular-season contests this season, while the Heat shot 48 percent against the Pacers.
Of course, Indiana won two out of three against Miami in the regular season.
Because Indiana has a distinct advantage in rebounding against Miami. The Pacers out-rebounded the Heat by more than 10 rebounds per game in the regular season.
The reality is, the Pacers have a much better shot in this series against the defending champions than many people think. The Heat won the most recent matchup in March, 105-91, but they also shot an incredible 56 percent in the win. The Heat certainly can score in bundles, but to expect them to regularly shoot at that clip against a defensive-minded team in the playoffs is unrealistic.
Indiana's complementary players beyond Paul George, David West, Roy Hibbert and George Hill have to step up to win this series. Shooting guard Lance Stephenson's contribution (25 points on 9-of-13 shooting) was huge in the deciding Game 6 against the New York Knicks.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!