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17.04.27 @MEM (Game 6)

SAS 103 - 96 MEM  Box  (4-2)





"I'm seriously thrilled that we were able to get through that first round. That's the good news. The bad news is that now we have to go play Houston."


"It's huge for us. Memphis, you have to give them a lot of credit. They played unbelievable. They're a great team, and they made it hard on us and so we didn't want to come back for Game 7. We treated this game as if it was Game 7. We wanted those days off before playing Houston because it's going to be a fast-paced game against them."


"The guys were amazing in the fourth quarter. Huge plays. Great defense too. So, happy to go back home with a win and win the series."



"Tony wasn’t just effective today. He’s done a masterful job of getting in shape down the stretch of the season and playing his best basketball during this playoff -- finding people, scoring himself, working hard defensively. He had a magnificent playoff."


"He was going tonight. He’s been big for us this series, even the last three games, by just attacking and being very aggressive. He’s been here before, and he’s ready for the moments when I see him open, pass him the ball and (he) knocks it down."


"I had to be aggressive. That’s a choice Memphis made. We talked about it last week. (If) they just are going to leave in in the corner (for) 3s and just go under the pick-and-rolls ... I had to be aggressive."




"Obviously, Kawhi Leonard is in my opinion the best player in the league right now. He’s the best two-way player and does it all with such class. It’s impressive."






17.04.25 vsMEM (Game 5)

MEM 103 - 116 SAS  Box  (3-2)





"That energy that we all brought off the bench is what we need to be able to do to help Kawhi, to help LaMarcus and lift pressure off them because they're doing a hell of a job. They're busting their behinds to help the team and we need to lift our weight as well. What we did tonight on both ends of the floor, as a bench group, is what we need; an aggressive mindset on the offensive end, getting into the paint, moving the ball, finding open shooters. On the defensive end, playing physical, getting up into them, and out of their rhythm. I thought we did that tonight."


"He was incredible, he finished the game. He made four 3s in the fourth, tough ones, quick release. Sometimes you need something like that from somebody. Sometimes it's going to be him, sometimes it's Kawhi, more often. It's good to have a team that deep."



"You try to isolate. It's not that I read, but I know how my games have been. There are games like Game 3 and 4, the ones we lost. You're a little harder on yourself because you know the team needed you more. It was tough. I'd never been through a four-game slump like that. It was great today to feel important, to feel useful. I needed one like this. I was feeling good. I don't know what was the difference. I guess I relaxed a little more. I said I didn't care if I was in a slump or made shots or not. It's not like the team needs me to score to win."


"He brought that grandpa juice, (which) is what I call it, and we all followed. It's inspiring. We shouldn't wait for him to do that before we get into gear. But it really is inspiring when you see him dive on the ball, putting his body on the line, hard drives, hard cuts. It gets us all going. We shouldn't need that to get going, but he's a hell of a player, hell of a competitor. It trickles down, and we feed on it for sure."


"Manu was fantastic. He felt good. Obviously, he scored. You know he’s got a huge heart, and he has a huge effect on our team when he’s healthy. And having a good night, starting out the way he did, was really a big boost."




"I’m trying to be the best team in the world right now. It’s not about me. It’s about the Spurs, and that’s all I want to do."






17.04.22 @MEM (Game 4)

 SAS 108 - 110 MEM  Box  (2-2)





"That was a great game. Both teams played their hearts out; just a fantastic basketball game. The fans got their money’s worth, for sure. At the end, Marc made a great shot. LA (Aldridge) contested it very, very well, and it went down. The effort from both teams was marvelous. We got down a couple of times but stuck with the program and kept on playing, which is always a good thing to see. Usually, down the stretch, it comes down to making shots. Kawhi made a big shot on our last play. Then Marc made a big shot on their last play. It happens over and over in the playoffs."


"You can’t be happy or sad until you lose the game or win the game. I just kept living in the moment at the time."


"I was trying to be up. I was trying to make the catch tough. I didn’t want to foul. I was there. He took two dribbles. I was right there with him. I had my hand up. I contested, and he made a hell of a shot. He made a one-legged, floating-across-the-lane shot. I did what I had to do. I contested it. I was right there. Credit goes to him."


"We probably could have used a couple others to make some shots. Kawhi had a great game. Tony had a great game. LA too. Their others are playing really well right now, and we have to get it from ours too, including me."


"You knew it was going to be a physical series. They are going to make it hard. You know they are going to do a lot of fouling and stuff like that. They made shots. Playing at home, they play with a lot more confidence. I have to give them credit. I thought we played well enough to win the game. We made enough plays. But at the end, Memphis made the tough shot to go to overtime and the tough shot to win the game."


"All season long he’s been aggressive, very confident, an MVP candidate. We’re going to need him to keep playing like that. Then, go home and play a little bit smarter and play even better. It’s a must-win situation for us."