MEMPHIS — Memphis coach Lionel Hollins has spent the past two days trying to tighten his defense. He’s also worked on his team’s spacing in an effort to revive the offense.
In any case, the coach doesn’t want his Grizzlies to relax too much and expect a boost simply by being at home.
“As I told our team, being home is not going to win anything for us,” Hollins said. “We have to go out and play much better. There’s no need at this point to change the starting lineup. I mean we lost an overtime game, and we got blown out in a game. We have to come here, hold serve and we got to play better, obviously.”
The Grizzlies also want to make Spurs point guard Tony Parker work harder and spend more energy bringing the ball up the court. That also might slow Parker from getting his teammates involved, something he did all too well in Game 2 with a playoff-best 18 assists.
Parker had an MRI exam on his bruised left calf Thursday. The three-day break provided a welcome break for him.
“I feel like I’ll be fine Saturday,” he said.
The Spurs, looking to win their first NBA title since 2007, have been getting strong contributions from Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Both have scored in double figures in each game this series.
Green has not lost sight of that blown 2-0 lead to Oklahoma City a year ago.
“We’re a more mature team,” he said. “We’ve been there before so we know what it takes. But we also know what it takes to get past that point and not to be lackadaisical, not to get satisfied. We’ve just got to continue to just come out and play basketball, stay focused and remember what happened last year.”