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Wednesday, October 30th (All times Eastern)

Memphis Grizzlies (0-0) at San Antonio Spurs (0-0), 8:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs begin their Western Conference championship title defense on Wednesday night when they host familiar rivals, the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Spurs swept the Grizzlies in last season's Conference Finals en route to a gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, soul-crushing defeat in the NBA Finals to the Miami Heat.

In Game 6, Ray Allen chucked in a wild three-pointer with five seconds remaining on the clock. The Heat prevailed in overtime, then won a hard-fought Game 7 for back-to-back NBA championships.

The Spurs were gutted.

"Suffice it to say, I've thought about it every day," admitted head coach Gregg Popovich, speaking more than three months after the shot. "I'm wondering if it'll go away. I'm anxious for it to happen, but it hasn't happened yet."

That was on media day before training camp began in earnest. He and the Spurs have worked hard to prepare for the start of another season with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili at the helm.

Most believe that this season will be a breakout one for Kawhi Leonard, who stepped up his scoring and rebounding in the Finals. Leonard is a leading candidate for Most Improved Player.

"Everybody's ready to go," Popovich said after practice Tuesday. "Preseason is over with and everybody on every team is anxious to play."

The Spurs certainly figure to remain in the picture for the Western Conference championship and Memphis should be right there with them.

After the Spurs sweep, Lionel Hollins was let go as head coach. Most reports indicated that Hollins did not like the analytics approach of the front office, but he was replaced by longtime assistant, Dave Joerger.

The calling card for both Joerger and the Grizzlies has been defense. Marc Gasol won the Defensive Player of the Year award last season and Tony Allen received the most votes for the All-Defensive team.

Gasol is a stud and shares big-man responsibilities with Zach Randolph, an All-Star last season. Mike Conley has blossomed as a point guard and the front office brass addressed a problem last season - depth.

Memphis traded for Kosta Koufos, who will back up both Randolph and Gasol, signed Mike Miller for a long-range threat, and Joerger will figure out how to use Ed Davis, who showed a ton of promise in Toronto before coming to Memphis in the Rudy Gay/Tayshaun Prince trade.

"We feel that one of our strengths this year is depth. We want to see guys do more in less time. Not to say guys don't play hard, but we want to keep them from getting slow," Joerger said.

But defense is what takes the Grizz deep the playoffs. Last season, Memphis led the NBA in points allowed (89.3) and finished third in opponents' field- goal percentage (.435).

The Southwest Division foes split their four regular-season meetings in 2012-13. The Grizzlies have lost six in a row in Alamo City during the regular season, but did win in San Antonio during the 2010-11 playoffs.

10/30 10:28:21 ET

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Schedule

Wednesday, April 16Full Scoreboard
Chicago 4/16 7:00 PM ET
Charlotte CSN-CHI, SportSouth
Indiana 4/16 7:00 PM ET
Orlando FSN-IN, FSN-FL
Washington 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Boston CSN-DC, CSN-NE
Brooklyn 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Cleveland YES, FSN-OH
Dallas 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Memphis FSN-SW, SportSouth, ESPN
Philadelphia 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Miami CSN-PHI, SunSports
Atlanta 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Milwaukee SportSouth, FSN-WIS
Utah 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Minnesota ROOT-RM, FSN-N
Houston 4/16 8:00 PM ET
New Orleans CSN-HOU, FSN-NO
Toronto 4/16 8:00 PM ET
New York Sportsnet 360, MSG
Detroit 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City FSN-DET, FSN-OK
LA Lakers 4/16 8:00 PM ET
San Antonio TWC SN, FSN-SW
Golden State 4/16 10:30 PM ET
Denver ESPN, CSN-BA+, Altitude
LA Clippers 4/16 10:30 PM ET
Portland FSN-PT, KGW
Phoenix 4/16 10:30 PM ET
Sacramento FSN-AZ, CSN-CA
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 33 .593 --- 26-15 22-18 32-19 W 2
x-Brooklyn 44 37 .543 4 28-13 16-24 26-25 L 1
New York 36 45 .444 12 18-22 18-23 25-26 W 3
Boston 25 56 .309 23 16-24 9-32 21-30 L 1
Philadelphia 18 63 .222 30 10-31 8-32 13-38 W 1
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 55 26 .679 --- 35-6 20-20 37-14 W 1
x-Chicago 48 33 .593 7 27-14 21-19 35-16 W 1
Cleveland 32 49 .395 23 18-22 14-27 20-31 L 2
Detroit 29 52 .358 26 17-24 12-28 23-29 L 3
Milwaukee 15 66 .185 40 10-30 5-36 12-39 L 2
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 27 .667 --- 32-8 22-19 34-17 L 2
x-Washington 43 38 .531 11 22-19 21-19 32-19 W 3
x-Charlotte 42 39 .519 12 24-16 18-23 29-22 W 2
x-Atlanta 37 44 .457 17 24-17 13-27 27-24 L 1
Orlando 23 58 .284 31 19-21 4-37 17-34 L 3
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 58 23 .716 --- 33-7 25-16 36-16 L 2
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 26 55 .321 31 14-27 12-28 14-37 W 1
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 19 .765 --- 32-8 30-11 38-13 L 1
x-Houston 54 27 .667 8 33-8 21-19 31-20 W 2
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 13 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 13 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 33 48 .407 29 21-19 12-29 14-37 W 1
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
 
3rd
ARI 0
NYM 1
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
ATL
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
DAL
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
DET
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
HOU
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
LAL
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
NYK
TOR
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
UTA
8:00pm Tonight
BOS
WAS
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR