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Memphis Grizzlies without Gasol and Randolph, can't muster a comeback against Brooklyn Nets

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Memphis was down their All-Stars, and it showed for 95% of the game. Aside from a surge in the 3rd quarter, the Grizzlies put up a disappointing effort on the first game of their six-game home stand.

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Grizzlies 88 - Nets 97

The Grizzlies looked lost for most of the game, and when you sandwich that around a lackadaisical effort in the first half - you end up running out of steam when it gets to crunch time.

The Good News

  • Zach Randolph should be back for the next game and isn't out 4-6 weeks.
  • Mike Conley has a lot of fight in him.
  • Kosta Koufos isn't Gasol, but he can be very effective with the right cast
  • Quincy Pondexter must have read the Grind Prophecies and gained super powers.

The Bad News

  • Running Conley as the first option is like trying to hammer a nail with a saw. Wrong tool.
  • Jerryd Bayless went back into maddeningly-inconsistent-mode again.
  • The Grizzlies scored 88 points against the team that gives up an average of 106 PPG.
  • Tayshaun Prince performed a disappearing act with QPon getting hot.

Getting ZBo back will help us establish our game earlier on, but it's very frustrating to see the Grizzlies consistently allowing a couple of players to get hot and slaughter them. Joe Johnson shouldn't be cranking out 26 with Deron Williams and Paul Pierce sitting out, and the Andray Blatche thing eventually made part of my head explode tonight.

The Grizzlies need to find a way to sustain momentum when they work so gosh-danged hard to summon it. The remainder of the home stand is a salt and pepper mix of good and bad teams, but Memphis needs to find consistent scoring and re-amp their defense to think about coming out of the stand above a .500 winning percentage.

Look for Keith Edwards full recap tomorrow morning! Goodnight, Grizz Nation.