Game 2 adjustments for Z-Bo

How Zach Randolph counters a Spurs D specifically designed to stop him

Updated: May 21, 2013, 3:22 PM ET
By David Thorpe | ESPN Insider
Zach Randolph, Tim DuncanJoe Murphy/NBAE/Getty ImagesZach Randolph must make quicker decisions against Tim Duncan and the Spurs' defense.

The San Antonio Spurs wasted no time getting things going against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

It was the likely game plan, as Memphis had just completed 11 straight games in which it defended offenses with little movement and passing. Now the Grizzlies had to adjust to a crisp, fluid Spurs offense. For instance, on their opening possession, the Spurs threw four passes in a hair less than eight seconds to create an open corner 3, actions symbolic of how San Antonio plays, which was in stark contrast to what the Memphis defenders had gotten used to since mid-April.

Thus, for Game 2, the adjustments are all on the Grizzlies. To be sure, Memphis' defensive mindset will adjust to the new type of scoring threats it is now facing. Slowing down the Spurs' attack will easily be Memphis' greatest challenge of the postseason. But better defense alone won't be enough.

Zach Randolph must return to form. He must play great on both sides of the ball, something that didn't come close to happening in Game 1. Randolph produced so little that, without some major adjustments, Memphis simply cannot win.

Here's a breakdown of the problem facing Randolph and three things he can do to counter a Spurs defensive strategy designed specifically to neutralize him.