The Grizzlies did
little nothing right against the Toronto Raptors. Well, at least it felt that way. They tied the game at 70 in the fourth quarter, and then the Raptors just buried them. That isn't supposed to happen to a team that was expected to be contending in the Western Conference again this year. Again, the Grizzlies faced adversity and didn't rise to the occasion.
Everything seemed to be clicking on all cylinders for Toronto. For Pete's sake, Rudy Gay, Mr. inefficient, scored 23 points on 44% shooting from the field in his return to the FedExForum. Of course, his decent field goal percentage can likely be attributed to the Grizzlies porous defense. That's not to take anything away from Rudy. He did his job tonight, and he did it well. Good for him. Now that Grizzlies fans got their closure, it's time to bury any hard feelings towards Rudy. That era is officially over, if it wasn't already, and it's time to move on. Like now.
The only player on the Grizzlies roster that seems to be fed up with losing is Mike Conley. He played like a beast again tonight, as fans have come to expect. He's taking his game to another level this season, at least offensively. He finished with 29 points and 5 assists. Now, if he could just get his defense up to par on a nightly basis.
It also needs to be noted that Marc Gasol had a solid game, finishing with an 18/10 line. As for his buddy down low, Zach Randolph got blocked twice by Rudy Gay. 'Nuff said.
Tony Allen had a strange game. He started off hot offensively and then tapered off like you would expect a player that poor offensively to do. On the defensive end, it's worrisome that Tony Allen can't stay in front of anybody right now without fouling. He let DeMar DeRozan abuse him all night, and it is a real problem that his stupid gambles on that end of the floor are not paying off right now.
The bench provided a big goose egg, and even Mike Miller struggled to hit wide open threes. Ed Davis had his moments against his former team, but he still has no idea what he's doing on a basketball court most of the time.
It would be easy to chalk this game up to 'it just wasn't the Grizzlies night', but at this point it's time to start thinking there is a deeper underlying problem there. This Memphis team has looked truly awful early in the season, and a multitude of adjustments need to be made.
As you can tell, I have nothing nice to say about this game. Thanks for stopping by. Now let's talk it out.