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Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale ‘taking suggestions’ on how to guard San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard


Grizzlies coach David Fizdale was quite candid about Spurs guard Kawhi Leonard‘s electric performance in Memphis’ 110-108 overtime victory on Saturday.

“Honestly, I’m taking suggestions on how to guard Kawhi Leonard,” Fizdale said during his post-game press conference. “I’ve tried everything and the guy’s just…,” Fizdale said, pausing to release a dramatic sigh.

Leonard contributed a career playoff-high 43 points in a losing effort for the Spurs. He rallied the Spurs by scoring the last 16 points of regulation, but missed a 21-footer short of the rim with James Ennis defending him just before the buzzer ending regulation. Leonard also tied it at 108 with 17 seconds left in overtime with a 3 from the left corner.

“He’s tough. Man is he a superstar,” Fizdale added.

Leonard finished with 24 points combined in the fourth quarter and overtime in a thrilling game that also featured six lead changes and seven ties in the fourth quarter and overtime. Grizzlies forward Marc Gasol hit a 12-foot floater with 0.7 seconds left in overtime to seal the win for the Grizzlies.

The series is now tied 2-2 and returns to San Antonio for Game 5 on Tuesday.

Memphis guard Mike Conley said it was scary watching Leonard — a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and MVP candidate this season — shoot away.

“He’s unbelievable,” Conley said of Leonard. “It got to a point where you just knew if he got a shot off it was going in.”

Conley, who signed a five-year, $153 million contract last summer in what was the richest deal in the NBA at that point, also had a career game, finishing with a franchise postseason record 35 points.

“That was great game,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Both teams played their hearts out. Just a fantastic basketball game. The fans got their money’s worth tonight for sure. At the end, Marc made a great shot. L.A. (LaMarcus Aldridge) contested it very, very well, and it went down.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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