The lone bright spot for the Grizzlies tonight was Rudy Gay, who came back from injury to record a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
After a relatively slow first half, Gay was the focal point behind Memphis' fourth-quarter run that made Spurs fans sweat just a little bit. He realized too late that he could drive to basketball at will.
Rudy Gay is an underrated talent, but he's far from the best perimeter scorer the Spurs will face in a conference featuring Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Monta Ellis.
Someone will have to step up as the go-to defender, as James Anderson and Richard Jefferson were not up to the task of defending Gay. Kawhi Leonard has to be that guy.
Leonard showed some flashes in his NBA debut, but his inefficient shooting resigned him to the bench for much of the game. On the defensive end, he can use his length and speed to stick with the most athletic guys in the league.
There will be an adjustment period after facing sub-par talent as a college player in the Mountain West Conference, but Leonard has the natural tools to become the lock-down perimeter defender that the Spurs appear to be lacking.