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Memphis guard Mike Conley said it was scary watching Leonard - a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and an MVP candidate this season - shoot away.

Heading into their first round series in the Western Conference Playoffs, not many people thought that the seventh-seeded Memphis Grizzlies would contend with the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs. Leonard was 18 of 18 in free throw shooting this game and is flawless, so far, in the playoffs with 40 of 40 free throws made. On a tough night until the game-winner, Gasol posted 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists, offset by 7 turnovers.

Marc Gasol played hero for the Grizzlies, hitting a running jumper with.7 seconds left to play to put the Grizzlies up for good. Leonard's fadeaway mid-range bucket with 12 seconds to play gave the Spurs a 2-point edge, but Conley had the answer with a contested floater in the lane to force overtime. Aldridge scored 13 points.

If any San Antonio Spurs fan saw game 3 of the playoffs against the Grizzlies, they were dumbfounded that head coach Gregg Popovich sat down all his starters for a "teachable moment". At the end, Marc made a great shot. L.A. There was the underdog in Mike Conley that battled to lead his group despite the odds. But, he only grabbed two rebounds in 42 minutes played.




If you aren't yet drowning in gravitas, we all watched a 58-second run in which Leonard scored eight points, stole the ball twice and changed the entire personality of the basketball game. Leonard definitely does "bleed antifreeze" like Grizzlies coach says he does.

When Leonard hit a free throw with 1:20 left in the second quarter for 10 points, that marked his 24th straight playoff game in double figures. He finished with 43 points while shooting 14-for-30 from the field, 7-for-10 from beyond the arc, and was ideal from the line, hitting all eight free throws. While elevating his play in Games 3 and 4, Conley has the slight edge with the play received from his supporting cast. While Leonard and Parker stepped up in Game 4, their supporting cast was nowhere to be found.

Speaking of Ginobili, the future Hall-of-Famer can't get anything going as he hasn't scored a single basket in this series. Of course, the Grizzlies are not playing to merely extend the series.

"I learned a long time ago if you don't have mental stability when they punch you in the mouth, you're in the wrong business", Fizdale said. Memphis SG Vince Carter (13 points) became the first 40-year-old to make at least three triples in a playoff game, going 3-for-5 from long range.

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