Well it's official; the Memphis Grizzlies have their first losing streak of the season. Coming off of losses to the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis lost its third consecutive game to the Utah Jazz by the final score of 97-91. Playing again without the services of Zach Randolph and Tony Allen, the Grizzlies simply couldn't get over the hump in this one, as they were outscored by the Jazz in every quarter but the first.
Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward led the way for Utah, scoring 23 and 21 respectively. Mike Conley had 28 points while Marc Gasol had 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists, but no one else could shoulder much of the scoring burden for the Grizzlies, despite two other players scoring in double figures.
Game Notes from the Legend-wait for it-Diary
- Sometimes you're the windshield, and sometimes you're the bug. Tonight, Courtney Lee was the bug as he went 0-7 from beyond the arc. He got some really good looks, some wide open looks, but tonight just wasn't his night, and that happens.
- If Mike Conley doesn't make it to the All-Star game, we should all chip in and foot the bill to send him there, and have some little old ladies hand sew him a custom made jersey. The Grizzlies point guard led a furious charge out of the halftime break, and was really the only reason that Memphis wasn't blown out in this one. He had everything in the arsenal working tonight, including going 4-6 from beyond the arc.
- Second game of a back to back, with two starters out, and the final game of a tough stretch that has seen you play six total overtimes, and you have three DNP-CDs? I thought the Grizzlies could have at least used Jarnell Stokes' energy when the Jazz were obliterating them on the glass. Utah won the rebound battle 49-34. Get well soon, ZBo.
- Quick! Everyone hop back off the Tayshaun Prince bandwagon. He runs off of proving people wrong. In his last six games he's shooting 28% from the floor. Part of this is surely his being forced into playing 20+ minutes a game with Zach and Tony both out of action.
- 10 minutes tonight for Jordan Adams and he was 2-2 for five points including a made 3-pointer. He played some really good defense and also got caught out of position a little, but overall, I thought he looked really good tonight.
- Vince Carter is still half man-half amazing, and when he threw the hammer down on Rudy Gobert, I got up and ran around my living-room in three complete circles because I was so excited and my body needed to move.
- Unless something changes in the stat book, the Jazz finished that game without a single steal.
- I'm not sure if I missed it or not since I wasn't at the game, but based on the date and the fact the next home game isn't until after Christmas, I'm assuming I missed the annual Grizzlies in house halftime Christmas parade for the first time in several years, and that makes me sad. The Grizzlies' in-arena entertainment is second to none, and it's so much fun to see everyone from the Grannies and Grandpa's and the Grizz Girls to the Beale Street Flippers all out on the court at the same time.
The loss moves the Grizzlies to 21-7, and while losing streaks are certainly no fun, this one is nothing to get too worked up about. The Grizzlies didn't look unfocused, nor did they look like the inferior team. They simply looked like a tired, short-handed team who couldn't get shots to fall. That's ok, these things happen. There are 82 games in the regular season, and as any good announcer will tell you, you can't win them all, or at least nobody has yet.
Memphis will get three much needed days off to rest and recuperate, as players take time off to spend with their families and heal their bodies. When they return to action on Friday night, they'll find a very talented and offensively dangerous Rockets team waiting for them at the Forum. We can only hope that the Grizzlies return rested and re-energized, ready to start another long, impressive winning streak. Until then, I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday with their families and loved ones.