Game 1 was a disaster for both Memphis and Zach Randolph. The Spurs blew out the Grizzlies 105-83, hitting 14-29 threes in the process.
Zach Randolph, meanwhile, shot just 1-8 for 2 points and grabbed just 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. After the game, Randolph wanted all the blame to be placed on him. According to a report from the USA Today’s Sam Amick, Randolph apologized to his teammates in the locker room following the loss.
From Mike Conley,
“He tried to apologize (in the locker room), and we wouldn’t accept that.” We said, ‘It’s not you; it’s all of us.’ He’s just saying that he’s going to do better, but we’ve all got to do better defensively, and offensively we’ve got to move the ball in order to get other guys open like Zach and play our game.”
Randolph, himself, had this to say,
“It’s just one of them nights, first game of the series for me,” he said. “It was just the rhythm of the game. … But I’ve got to be better. Like I told my teammates, I’ve got to be better for them and we’ve got to be better as a group.”
Despite the Game 1 loss, the tough, defensive-minded Grizzlies will surely bounce back. In their first two series, the team also lost Game 1 before winning the series.
Game 2 will be Tuesday in San Antonio at 9:00 PM EST on ESPN.