This is awkward. - Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports
Tonight the Grizzlies are taking on the 17–13 Indiana Pacers — what is a Pacer, anyway? The car? — as they continue to continue their vision quest to get back on track after a couple of rough losses at the Rockets and against the 76ers. The Grizzlies’ offense still looked out of sync Saturday night against the Denver Nuggets, but once Quincy Pondexter went down with a grade II sprain of his left MCL, the team rallied around a big lineup with Darrell Arthur at the small forward spot and managed to pull out a win.
But. The Nuggets were on the second night of a back to back, and Ty Lawson left the game with a few minutes to go with an injury. The Grizzlies were on three days’ rest. They ground down the Nuggets’ offense — 7th in the league in ORtg at 107.8 — to hold them to 71 points, but the offense still looked bad. An ill Mike Conley and a rusty-looking Marc Gasol does not a juggernaut make.
We’ll see how the team responds tonight. The injury to Quincy Pondexter is an important one; Pondexter is one of the best three-point shooters on the team and is inarguably a difference-maker on defense. The team is exceedingly thin at the SF spot now. Look for Lionel Hollins to experiment more with lineups tonight as he tries to find a way to get the bench firing on all cylinders while Pondexter recovers.
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