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Mike Conley, MEM: B
Mike Conley had a quiet game, though anything would seem quiet next to what Tony Parker did, even Conley's game-tying shot to force overtime.
Memphis' point man finished with 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting in what was the Grizzlies' most efficient offensive performance. Conley's inability to rack up more assists (four) was unnerving, though.
Not because of him, but because of how lost his bigs seemed around the rim.
He got into the paint with such ease that he should have had closer to 10 dimes. Nonexistent finishes by Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph really hurt him.
Conley was uncharacteristically torched on the defensive end as well. He didn't spend as much time on Paker as you would imagine, and his rotations and closeouts were late.
Which is fitting, I suppose. Because the Grizzlies showed up late to this one too.
Tony Parker, SAS: A-
All hail Monsieur Parker.
San Antonio's playmaking fiend finished with 15 points on 6-of-20 shooting to go along with a career playoff high of 18 assists.
Although Parker wasn't especially efficient from the field and often out of control in transition (what else is new?), he did a phenomenal job directing the Spurs' offense.
Credit his teammates with some great off-ball movements (Tiago Spiltter, anyone?), but so much of San Antonio's offensive success stems from Parker's dribble penetration. Memphis couldn't keep him out of the paint, and when the Grizzlies converged on him, the ball was already leaving his hands.
Some love must be given to Parker on the defensive end as well. He played some suffocating on-ball sets (three steals), though he could have done a better job fighting through screens.
It wasn't the most economic of shooting showcases by the star point guard, but the 18 assists speak for themselves.