1) The Quarter the Basketball Died
Singing bye, bye Grizzlies basketball guys,
Drove the ball towards the basket but I shot it too high,
And them good ole boys were chuckin' shots at the sky,
Singin' "Chris Paul is a fake tough guy,
Chris Paul is a fake tough guy"
Memphis shot 5-20 in the first quarter, and that looks even worse when realizing that Zach Randolph was 3-6. One of the team's 15 misses was that, um... thing up there that Jeff Green did. The Clippers weren't much better, shooting 8-22. The Grizzlies entered the second period down only 17-16, somehow.
Somewhere in heaven Naismith is watching this, complaining to an angel that this isn’t what he hoped for.— trisity (@Trisity_) February 28, 2015
Yeah... it'd be nice to just pretend this quarter never happened, but the rest of the game wasn't much better.
2) Z-Bo was Good. Almost Everyone Else was Bad
Randolph finished the game with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and shot 10-18 from the field. Kosta Koufos shot 4-6 for nine points in 16 minutes of action.
Every other Grizzly shot a combined 19-64 for 50 points. It was bad.
The rest of the roster had a few moments here and there. Marc Gasol started to show signs of life in the fourth quarter after a dreadful start, and Courtney Lee buried a couple of threes early in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to single digits. But ultimately you need more from the rest of the team to knock off a team as good as the Clippers, and Memphis didn't have it tonight.
3) It's Just One Game
I noticed a decent amount of overreaction on Twitter to this game, which is possibly related to this loss following up the disappointing defeat in Sacramento.
REMINDER: The Grizzlies team that made the Western Conference Finals endured two separate three-game losing streaks, and in one of those slides lost every game by 21 or more points. One of those games was even a home loss to the Clippers.
The NBA season is long. These things happen. Memphis is still really, really good.
Also, before tonight the Grizzlies had won eight of their last nine games against the Clippers, dating back to Game 3 of the 2013 Playoffs. Memphis is still whoopin' that Clip.