The second night of a back-to-back in Denver is typically seen as one of the toughest scheduling quirks around the league, and the Memphis Grizzlies certainly fell victim to the trap as the Nuggets cruised to a 114-85 blowout victory. Here are my three takeaways from the loss:
1) DUNKS ON DUNKS ON DUNKS
Those two Vines represent at least 95 percent of the fun to be found in this game if you're a Grizzlies fan. Cherish them, because it doesn't get better after this.
2) Dave Joerger Ejection! Dave Joerger Ejection!
You can't blame a 29-point loss on officiating, but let's just say the Grizzlies weren't exactly thrilled with how the calls were going down. It escalated in the third quarter after the refs missed a Ty Lawson foul on Mike Conley, and Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger came onto the floor to have some words with the officials. Joerger was ejected following the exchange.
I'll let y'all do the lip reading on that one.
The frustration from the Grizzlies continued following the ejection, with Marc Gasol picking up a technical of his own.
3) The Jarnell Stokes and Jordan Adams Show
I know, loyal GBB reader. I hear your cries.
"You always write about the rookies Austin! You write about them even when they only sniff the court in garbage time! You scrape to find positives in them even when they're not good! You tried to say that Jarnell Stokes playing four minutes against the Spurs dramatically changed the whole game!"
And to that I say the following:
JORDAN. ADAMS. COMIN'.
Adams didn't check in until about six minutes left when the outcome was already decided, but he immediately swished a three. And then a layup. And then a jumper.
Jordan swished his first four shots of the game before finally missing a layup, and then continued his garbage time scoring assault from there, finishing with 12 points on 5-6 shooting in only six minutes of play.
Jarnell Stokes impressed as well, playing meaningful minutes in the first half and getting the start over Leuer out of halftime. Stokes posted seven points, three rebounds, and a block, but also fouled out in just 17 minutes of action.