NBA: Grizzlies frustrated but not ready to panic against Spurs

2013-05-21T00:00:00Z NBA: Grizzlies frustrated but not ready to panic against SpursThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SAN ANTONIO - Zach Randolph's miserable Western Conference finals debut led to a sleepless night and a long film session.

The All-Star power forward and his Memphis Grizzlies are hardly down and out, though. In both rounds of the playoffs so far, Memphis has lost Game 1 before rallying back to knock out the Los Angeles Clippers and then the Oklahoma City Thunder.

This time, Randolph had his worst game ever in the playoffs, managing two points in a 105-83 blowout. His only lower-scoring game in 40 playoff appearances was when he played 1 minute as a rookie for Portland in a 2002 game.

"It's more frustrating than embarrassing," said Randolph, who missed his first seven shots in Game 1. "It's basketball. It happens to the best of them.

"Muhammad Ali, he got knocked down before. What made him the greatest fighter in the world is he always bounced back."

It took the Grizzlies two games to get off the mat in the first round, when they suffered a 21-point blowout at Los Angeles and then lost on a Chris Paul buzzer-beater in Game 2. Memphis then won the next four.

There weren't as many adjustments needed in Round 2, when Kevin Durant's spectacular finish lifted Oklahoma City to a two-point win in the opener. Again, the Grizzlies won four straight to advance.

So, the panic button is nowhere in sight for these comeback kids with Game 2 tonight in San Antonio.

"That's what you do in life. Every time you have a bad moment, you've got to bounce back and get up and go again," coach Lionel Hollins said.

Draft lottery today

NEW YORK - No team with the best odds has won the NBA's draft lottery since 2004, when the Orlando Magic took Dwight Howard.

Armed with the best odds and with Pat Williams back on stage, the Magic will try to start the rebuilding process today by landing the rights to the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

Williams, the Magic's longtime team executive, has won four times, including three with Orlando. The Magic, 20-62 this year, have a 25 percent chance to win the lottery.

Rim shots

• Pacers forward David West is expected to play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals at Miami, despite suffering a calf strain or lower leg strain.

• Two brothers allege that people standing near Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard assaulted them after one of the victims took a photo of the NBA Rookie of the Year. The brothers said the suspects were Lillard's "entourage," but police say they haven't determined whether they are associated with the player. Portland, Ore., police Sgt. Pete Simpson says Lillard "is not a suspect" in the assault.

• A judge in Seattle has set bail at $25,000 for Boston Celtics basketball player Terrence Williams after he was arrested Monday and accused of brandishing a gun around the mother of his 10-year-old son during a visitation exchange.

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