Monday, May 21, 2018
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Grizzlies vow improvement against Spurs

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Zach Randolph's frustrating debut in the Western Conference final led to a sleepless night and a long film session. But the Grizzlies' All-Star power forward is hardly down and out.

Randolph pointed out Monday that Muhammad Ali got knocked down and got back up. He's counting on doing the same tonight in Game 2 at San Antonio.

Randolph had his worst playoff game Sunday — two points on 1-for-8 shooting in an easy Spurs victory.

"It's more frustrating than embarrassing," said Randolph, who missed his first seven shots. "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."

The Spurs had an easy time against the NBA's best defense in Game 1, shooting 53 percent and making a franchise postseason-record 14 3-pointers.

"I'm a math guy," said Matt Bonner, who was 4-for-5 on 3-pointers. "It's highly improbable we're going to shoot at the clip we did last game. They're going to come out and make adjustments and play better on defense for sure."

Pacers-heat: Indiana forward David West (right leg) is expected to play Game 1 of the East final Wednesday at Miami. Team doctors held him out of Monday's practice with what was described as a calf strain or lower leg strain. Center Roy Hibbert had his right thumb taped after getting hit in practice. He is expected to play. Meanwhile, Heat center Chris Bosh has the matchup he wanted. He does not necessarily enjoy going head-to-head with Hibbert, and he doesn't believe Miami will waltz to a series win. It's because Bosh strained an abdominal muscle in Game 1 of the Miami-Indiana second-round series in 2012 and missed the remainder of the Heat's 4-2 victory. "To be able to have a chance to compete against these guys, I didn't get the chance last time," Bosh said. "I felt last year that I could have really made an imprint on the series. I'm going to get another shot. So I'm just thankful to be healthy and be able to play."

Charlotte name change?: Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is reportedly changing the team's name to the Hornets. A news conference is scheduled today. The Hornets were in Charlotte from 1988-2002 then moved to New Orleans, which recently changed its name to the Pelicans.

Knicks: Forward Carmelo Anthony, who can opt out of his contract next summer, said he will be in New York for a long time and believes the Knicks will contend for the title. "We're right there as a team, as a unit, the guys we have on this team,'' Anthony said. "I'm very confident. We're only going to get better. We kind of teased the city of New York a little bit. Now everybody expects us to play at this high level."

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