Spurs vs. Grizzlies: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The San Antonio Spurs (14-19) play against the Memphis Grizzlies (14-14) at FedExForum

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Friday December 31, 2021

San Antonio Spurs 0, Memphis Grizzlies 0 (8:00 pm ET)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
NYE Starters 🎇
#GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/GgrziSp63j8:07 PM

Clay Bailey @claybailey9
Here are your starters for the Grizz vs. Spurs: SAS: Poeltl, McDermott, Keita Bates-Diop, Keldon Johnson, Derrick White.
MEM: Ja, Desmond Bane, Adams, Kyle Anderson and Jaren Jackson Jr.8:06 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Ja Morant’s Kobe 6s to go with the Memphis Grizzlies City Edition jerseys are tuff 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/8xY9uT310f8:05 PM

Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
first five out vs. @San Antonio Spurs
🥷 @Ja Morant
🪣 @Desmond Bane
@Kyle Anderson
🦄 @Jaren Jackson Jr.
🥝 @RealStevenAdams
@Verizon | #GrzNxtGen pic.twitter.com/YeofZJgPHm8:02 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Let the NYE fun begin! 🎉 Enter the Spurs Digital Arena pres. by @SociosHoops for your shot at a Spurs autographed ball! pic.twitter.com/dVQIDYh11M8:01 PM

Clay Bailey @claybailey9
A return to Grizz coverage on New Year’s Eve, and here are your officials for tonight’s matchup with the San Antonio Spurs — Sean Corbin, Leon Wood and J.D. Ralls. I’m sure @badunclep wishes them the best in their New Year’s Eve endeavors. – 7:51 PM

Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
it’s almost that time…….
before we tip hit the RT to vote @Ja Morant for #NBAAllStar ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/DGzWFvwwh27:43 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
It’s never too late for Christmas wishes 🙌
#PorVida pic.twitter.com/lUTi56zm7u7:38 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
1️⃣2️⃣ has arrived..
@Ja Morant | #NBAAllStar 🥷 pic.twitter.com/Mh2fM98g6k7:25 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Lonnie is available for tonight’s game per Spurs – 7:21 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Also, tonight is the Daniel Oturu #RevengeGame … he was thrown in the Eric Bledsoe trade, a transaction that ensured that none of the four players involved (Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo) actually played a game for the Memphis Grizzlies
Oturu is one of nine Raptors off bench. – 7:16 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
It’s crazy to think that nearly three months in to the 2021-22 season and this is the first time Memphis takes on San Antonio this season.
Weird.. – 7:08 PM

Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
a @Desmond Bane memior: smiles and buckets ✅ pic.twitter.com/jAH2eOaCLT7:01 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
HEAD TAPS.
ft. @Jaren Jackson Jr. pic.twitter.com/fMf1L0ohaQ7:00 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Gregg Popovich with some lofty praise on Ja Morant.
“He’s get to the rim as easy as anybody I’ve ever seen.” pic.twitter.com/loX3Vn2jPZ6:53 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“If he continues to do as well as he’s doing, he will join us at some point on the trip.” – Coach Pop on Dejounte Murray, who is currently in health and safety protocols. – 6:49 PM

Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
Be like BC and get your DB glasses at tonight’s game 😎 pic.twitter.com/P71C80EqzV6:47 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
last business trip of 2021 👔
#ULTRADrip | #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/byUmqlCwJv6:45 PM

Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
vamp bros 💧
@cintronworld | #GrzNxtGen pic.twitter.com/sHAKXImkyK6:32 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Santi Aldama just began his warmup and is questionable ahead of tonight’s matchup with the Spurs.
“Santi is doing everything he can to be ready for us..” – Taylor Jenkins pic.twitter.com/tGy9YstpX46:30 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon has been officially hired as the new head coach of the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces: pic.twitter.com/UdxP4Nx2Bf6:29 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
The Big Kiwi gets warmed up ahead of tonight’s matchup with San Antonio pic.twitter.com/gLYagh32qB6:28 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
More from Becky:
“I have so many incredible memories and proud moments in San Antonio from my time with both the Stars and the Spurs. From the fans and players to coaches and staff, everyone in the organization has treated me so well for so many years…” – 6:26 PM

RJ Marquez @KSATRJ
JUST IN: Statement from Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich on Becky Hammon being named new head coach for WNBAs Las Vegas Aces. Quote in here from Becky as well. #KSATsports #Spurs pic.twitter.com/vvhDrn9nQu6:26 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Coach Jenkins New Years Resolution isn’t what you’d normally expect, but for Jenkins it’s not shocking.
Memphis is extremely lucky to have Coach.. pic.twitter.com/VzaPl5edxU6:26 PM

RJ Marquez @KSATRJ
BREAKING: The Las Vegas Aces have officially announced the hiring of Spurs assistant Becky Hammon as the organizations new head coach. Hammon is expected to remain on the Spurs staff through the end of the season. #KSATsports pic.twitter.com/ql3TEMaSHG6:23 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“Number 1, it’s the pace that they play at. White’s playing really well, Johnson’s playing really well.” – Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins on the Spurs.
Jenkins also mentioned Poeltl, McDermott, and Forbes as players the Grizzlies defense has to be prepared for – 6:21 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Congrats, Becky!
#PorVida pic.twitter.com/5hfeSKIcXZ6:13 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
More from Nancy Lieberman on the Aces hiring Becky Hammon:
“(The Spurs) gave her an extraordinary opportunity. She learned from a legend and she will be so prepared to lead her team. It’s going to be exciting. I told her today that I will be her first season ticket holder.” – 6:10 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 – with a Spurs twist 😅
(a thread ⤵️)
#NYE2021 | #NewYear2022 | #PorVida pic.twitter.com/1EfcY8cW516:00 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Erik Spoelstra says they were prepared to play against San Antonio, but their walk-through was with only 5 guys – 5:34 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Erik Spoelstra on the last three days: “It was pretty eventful.” Says he believes the right decision was made to postpone Wednesday’s game in San Antonio. – 5:34 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
“Going to be real competitive. Hopefully we get this road trip started the right way.”
@Tre Jones previews the matchup against his brother in Memphis tonight, the long road trip ahead and more! pic.twitter.com/IEo1vARSSU5:24 PM

Memphis Grizzlies PR @GrizzliesPR
Game notes for tonight’s matchup with the San Antonio Spurs – the first New Year’s Eve home game in franchise history – are available online: https://t.co/xYCwG545j9 pic.twitter.com/IIAqSzf4a95:12 PM

Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
During the last road trip, Steven Adams played 81 minutes and traveled 5.80 miles at an average of 4.02 MPH.
@FedEx | #PlayerTracker pic.twitter.com/j1Cj5DCDI05:10 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
La Cultura S3 will no longer be available in the Spurs Fan Shop after tonight. Which means we got another drop coming soon 👀
Stay tuned for more! pic.twitter.com/wSbjizNen45:05 PM

Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
what are your New Years resolutions?
we wanna hear em. – 4:33 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Spurs have upgraded Lonnie Walker (bruised knee) from questionable to probable for tonight’s game. – 4:01 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
NYE hoops!
🆚 @Memphis Grizzlies
⏰ 7pm CT
📍 FedExForum
📺 @CW35SA
🎲 https://t.co/9tnP05yFRW
📻 @1200WOAI, @kxtn1350 AM & 107.5 FM HD 2 pic.twitter.com/FfpE6SqlwU3:52 PM

Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Luka Garza said he was down about his defense against the #Spurs on Sunday, but he was happy about his defensive play against the #Knicks.
He gets another chance against San Antonio tomorrow night. – 3:46 PM

James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Garza said he was down on himself defensively against the Spurs but proud of the way he played on that end against the Knicks. – 3:43 PM

Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Garza on playing the Spurs again this week after he was disappointed with his defensive performance against them on Sunday: “That’s the good thing about the NBA. If you have a bad game, or bad area in a game, you get another game in two days.” – 3:43 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
heading into the new year with that @Lonnie Walker energy 🕺 pic.twitter.com/oKpWbIEg3W2:49 PM

Scott Agness @ScottAgness
The Pacers add 6-2 guard Ahmad Caver on a 10-day hardship exception, joining Nate Hinton. Caver has been in the G League with the Memphis Hustle.
Another signing to come. – 2:41 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
final prep of 2021 ✅ pic.twitter.com/Jg1vHqX6AU2:26 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
The WNBA’s Aces are getting a terrific coach in Becky Hammon, Spurs players said on a bittersweet morning in Memphis.
“She understands the game, knows the game, is a great basketball mind,” Derrick White said. “Everyone loves and respects her.”
expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…2:10 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 2018, the @Houston Rockets James Harden had 43 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists in a 113-101 win over the Grizzlies.
Harden, who made 21 FT, is one of two players in NBA history to record a triple-double with 20 FTM. The other is Oscar Robertson (12/27/64). pic.twitter.com/JcK2rdeewe2:01 PM