The Memphis Grizzlies lost a close one at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves, 90-89. It wasn't pretty and I think the Grizzlies deserved to lose this one. Here are my three takeaways with a little help from Green Day.
1. The Grizzlies wished they were on a "Holiday"
The Grizzlies, much like the last game against the Jazz, didn't come out with much fire. I think I've seen Zach Randolph care more about tying his shoes than he did in the first three quarters of this game. Marc Gasol looked like he wanted to go chill with Ricky Rubio. It wasn't fun times. Then the Grizzlies heard the drum pounding out of time and turned it on even though it was too late.
You can't just flip a switch and start winning whenever you want. The effort has to be consistent or you are going to do the little things wrong like turning the ball over 18 times. The Timberwolves are better then their record indicates and the Grizzlies didn't take them seriously so here we are. No more win streak and the Atlanta Hawks on deck. This game made me wish I watched the Hawks/Warriors instead.
2. JaMychal Green had The Time Of His Life
JAMYCHAL GREEN GONNA GO HEAD AND GET SIGNED FOR DA YEAR DEN!!!! He was all over the place in the second quarter and provided much needed energy to a lifeless Grizz squad. I really like his game. He reminds me of a less bouncy Tristan Thompson. This was completely unpredictable, but in the end was completely right and awesome. I will forever remember the 8 points and 2 rebounds he contributed while having absolutely no idea where to be on offense.
The Grizzlies are at another turning point, a fork stuck in the road. The power forward position needs more Green. For two reasons. 1) I want to start calling the Grizzlies "The Mean Green Machine" when Jeff and JaMychal are in the game and 2) Jon Leuer has been bad lately. Really, really bad. I think (WANT) JaMychal to make his way into the rotation with a quickness.
3. Jeff was stuck on The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
Jeff Green had a rough game on both ends of the floor. Andrew Wiggins was giving him fits and he struggled shooting the ball from the start. I was excited about what he did in the first quarter with his off ball cutting and transition buckets. Then I wanted someone to come out and check his vital signs in the second half. It was like a different player. He was settling for bad jumpers and missing when he got closer in. Maybe he was infected with whatever everyone else had.