Memphis was completely and utterly destroyed 105-96 by the Houston Rockets on the final game of the Grizzlies' road trip. Don't let the final score fool you — that was the work of some garbage time magic. This was never close. The Grizz rushed out to an 8-0 lead, prompting me to jokingly tweet the following:
Stop the fight, stop the fight— Austin Reynolds (@ReynoldsRant) December 4, 2014
...Then the rest of this terrible, awful, disgusting basketball game happened.
I take full responsibility. This is my fault. You all can blame me.
Here are my three takeaways:
1) Houston Destroyed Memphis on the Glass
Memphis came firing out of the gates shooting-wise, going 80 percent from the floor in the game's opening quarter. Against all odds, the Grizzlies trailed by six entering the second quarter anyway, and this was mostly due to the team's atrocious performance on the defensive glass. Houston hauled down eight offensive rebounds in the first quarter alone, and also turned the Grizzlies over enough to overcome the massive disparity in field goal percentage.
The rebounding struggles were never alleviated, and the Rockets won the battle of the boards 51-36 including pulling down 23 offensive rebounds. Undrafted rookie Tarik Black inexplicably grabbed nine of those offensive rebounds. Yes, University of Memphis fans, that Tarik Black.
2) Joey Dorsey and Tarik Black Were Both Effective Dwight Howard Replacements?!
R.I.P. Quincy Pondexter.
Joey Dorsey finished with seven points, eight rebounds, and three blocks. Tarik Black logged his first career double-double with a 10 point, 11 rebound effort.
Yeah, I don't want to talk about how that happened either. Next.
3) This was an Unfortunate End to a Successful Road Trip
If you told me before this road trip started that the Grizzlies were gonna go 3-1, I would have been pretty happy with that. Every team has a couple of games each season where nothing goes their way and they just get their face smashed in for 48 minutes. This is what happened to Memphis tonight. Let's just say it was a successful 3-1 road trip and forget the other details of this unfortunate train wreck of a basketball game.