SAN ANTONIO – After the Western Conference finals opener ended with a loss, the Memphis Grizzlies' Zach Randolph took the brunt of the blame and told his teammates in the locker room the obvious: "I got to be better."
Memphis' postseason leading scorer and All-Star had a season-low two points during a 105-83 loss to San Antonio on Sunday. Randolph missed seven of eight field-goal attempts and did not shoot a free throw in 28 minutes while succumbing to the Spurs' suffocating double-teams. It was Memphis' lowest-scoring output during this season's playoffs. Randolph's next chance to redeem himself will be Tuesday in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series.
"Ain't no excuse," Randolph said. "They did a good job. You got to give them credit."
Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said the Spurs have the NBA's best defense because they are disciplined, smart, energetic and well-coached. San Antonio lived to that billing with its scheme against Randolph.
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