Memphis Grizzlies blow a golden opportunity and crap out a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports


Final - 1.20.2014 1 2 3 4 Total
New Orleans Pelicans 25 16 27 27 95
Memphis Grizzlies 20 20 29 23 92

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What a wasted opportunity.

The Grizzlies came out Monday afternoon and played one of the sloppier games in the last two months of the franchise. Memphis out-rebounded New Orleans by 10 total rebounds and still had no advantage during the game. Perhaps that stemmed from the 18 turnovers the Grizzlies gave up, most of them unforced or careless. Memphis had golden opportunities to close out the win late in the game, but repeatedly came up short of the extra effort needed to get ahead.

Good Showings: Zach Randolph with a squandered 23 pts and 20 rebounds.

Poor Showings: Mike Conley, the recent stalwart of the Griz, with a paltry 13 pts and 2 assists.

Difference in the game: The Pelicans were just more efficient than the Grizzlies, shooting a 45% from FG, 56% 3P and 87% from the FT line (20-23). The Grizzlies turned the ball over, had an abundance of blocked shots and did not spread the ball around very well (16 assists compared to 21 for the Pelicans).

Wait, what happened? The Grizzlies converted at the FT line and shot more FT shots overall, but still could not ever muster more than a 2 point lead over the Pelicans.

Verdict: The Grizzlies lack of athleticism, throughout the general rotations of the game, prove to leave them with too many shortcomings to sufficiently counter the athleticism of other teams in the West.

My fan intuition: This game really pisses me off. The Griz came out flat and got themselves in a quicksand hole that continued to swallow any of their efforts in the 2nd half. I feel like Joerger could have possibly arranged some  combinations to give Memphis a better chance at eyeballing a mismatch during this game, but it looked like the Griz were always a step behind this afternoon.

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