Well, let's try this again, Grizz Nation. Like I said on Monday, the Memphis Grizzlies weren't going to be able to lollygag to a sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Game 4, the Blazers showed Memphis just how much dust they still have hidden under their rug.
I'm not really condemning the Grizzlies' effort; it was an honorable display considering we had 1.5 point guards (No, I'm not counting Russ Smith just yet.) Effort wasn't the issue for Memphis in Game 4, but execution of their bread and butter: Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph working in the post.
The brothers-from-other-mothers shot a combined 13/36 from the field on Monday against the Blazers, and Zach never made it to the free throw line, in part because the Blazers weren't fouling (just 6 PF's across their starting lineup) and they did a nice job on collapsing on Zach whenever he got within his range. The bully got bullied, a bit.
Gasol and Randolph need to dig deep and squash this thing tonight in Memphis. It's not as if Game 4 is the outlier. Check out the big guys' stats so far this series:
If the Grizzlies want to expedite a first round win and take on the Golden State Warriors, those shooting performances have got to start getting a little more crisp. Memphis has been extremely fortunate to have Courtney Lee shooting 66% so far in the series; it's time to put less pressure on Lee and pay the bills with the big men.