Boris Diaw scored 17 points with 13 boards, five assists and three 3-pointer sin 39 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
The Scoop:It was his first double-double of the season and he matched his season high in triples tonight. Diaw has been a valuable piece for the Spurs this season when they sit their veterans. While he is 32, he hasn't sat any game this season, which could change after tonight. He's a low-end player to own in deeper leagues.
The Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs have one of the best on-court rivalries in the NBA, dating back to the former's upset of the top-seeded latter in the first round of the 2011 playoffs through a 2013 conference finals in which the Spurs outplayed the Grizzlies in pretty much every way imaginable. When these teams get together, fans can be sure they'll see a hard-fought contest with two veteran squads. Yet Wednesday's matchup in San Antonio involved a few more surprises than usual. After go-ahead three-pointer from Danny Green, the Grizzlies entered the final possession of regulation at a 92-89 disadvantage with 2.5 seconds on the clock. Solid inbounds defense forced Courtney Lee to pass the ball to center Marc Gasol, who was immediately pressured by Manu Ginobili to several feet beyond the three-point arc. Gasol, who had missed all three of his long-range attempts this season and gone just 7-of-49 in his career prior to this shot, ducked under Ginobili's raised arms and launched a desperation leaner. His prayer was answered: That unlikeliest of buzzer-beaters gave the Grizzlies a second chance at a win, but it turned out to be just the prelude to more lunacy. Gasol hit a lay-in with nine seconds left in the extra period to lead to a 10-10 standstill and force a second overtime, which turned out to be the weirdest of all. Down 109-108, Memphis caused Tim Duncan to miss two shots around the basket before Zach Randolph pulled down a key defensive rebound with seven seconds on the clock. Courtney Lee then hit a three-pointer in transition to give his team a thrilling 111-109 lead: It turned out to be short-lived, though, because Duncan turned back the clock with his own buzzer-beater on the very next play. With just 2.6 seconds left, Duncan took the inbounds pass from Boris Diaw near the top of the key and hit a jumper while fading away to his left: If that play looks familiar, it's likely because it's nearly identical to one of the most dramatic shots of Duncan's storied career — the fadeaway he hit right before Derek Fisher's classic, nearly impossible 0.4-second buzzer-beater in Game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference Finals. Wednesday's shot helped detract from a fairly poor night for Duncan (5-of-15 shooting from the line, 9-of-22 from the field), but the Spurs obviously had to show their stuff in the third overtime. That didn't quite happen. Zach Randolph scored all six of the Grizzlies' points over a 2:30 stretch in the middle of the period as the Spurs' offense struggled mightily. Like many third overtimes, this wasn't a well-played five minutes. Nor was it particularly dramatic — no one scored after Danny Green's three-pointer with 40 seconds on the clock as Memphis came away with a 117-116 victory . Drama aside, this win was a very big statement by the Grizzlies, who are now a game behind the Golden State Warriors in the loss column with a 21-4 record. Yet that placement in the standings is almost beside the point — Memphis topped Golden State at FedEx Forum on Tuesday with their inimitable grit-and-grind style and persevered through several tough moments to beat San Antonio. The Grizzlies have two tough games this weekend vs. the Chicago Bulls on Friday night and at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, but they have served notice to the rest of the league this week regardless of those results. This team is a contender. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric
Boris Diaw handed out a season-high nine assists against the Blazers on Monday with 10 points, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.
The Scoop:He didn't top 26 minutes in any of his previous six games, but was up to 36 tonight with the Spurs resting the cavalry. Diaw has fared well on most of his nights while Tim Duncan and Tony Parker are resting, so just keep this line in mind in the future.
Boris Diaw scored 12 points in an easy 109-95 win over the Knicks on Wednesday with three rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.
The Scoop:That's three games in a row with at least four assists and Diaw's 3.4 per game on the year are his highest with the Spurs. Diaw has provided low-end fantasy value in standard leagues, but he should be worthy of starting in most formats on the nights coach Gregg Popovich sits his stars.