The Memphis Grizzlies came out for their last home preseason match against the young Philadelphia 76ers. From the start, James Ennis came out strong as he started for the Grizzlies and ended up with 15 points on the night. Memphis jumped out to an immediate lead at the beginning of the game, and at the end of the first period the Grizz led 35-20. Zach Randolph entered the game mid first quarter to a loud ovation, and he delivered a stellar performance. With 17 points total, he was 4/6 from beyond the arc. Z-Bo definitely showed he could spread the floor and was gelling well with the second unit.
On the flip side, DJ Stephens caught a DNP tonight due to coach's decision. It'll be interesting to see if he plays the next game or if he'll be cut from the roster soon. He's had some solid performances, but there's no guarantee he can make the team with the crowded roster.
In the second quarter, the Grizzlies led by double digits until midway through the period. The 76ers went on a run and eventually tied the game at halftime, 53-53. What seemed to spark the run was a Robert Convington 3 pointer and-1 with less than 7 minutes left in the quarter. Vince had several thunderous dunks in the quarter, but those were his only points on the night. Memphis only shot 30.4% from the field in the period, and this in part lead to their first half collapse. Marc Gasol had 9 points at halftime, but we didn't see him much in the second half.
Going into the half, the Grizzlies seemed to have lost a lot of their steam. However, coming into the third quarter, Memphis ran away with the game, regaining a double digit lead midway through the period. From there, the Grizzlies didn't look back. Zach Randolph exploded for 11 points in the quarter. Mike Conley had a steady and strong overall performance with 17 points and 6 assists.
Troy Williams took over the game in the fourth quarter for Memphis, and he led all scorers with 22 points to go along with 7 rebounds. While the Grizzlies struggled with turning the ball over some in the second quarter, they tightened it up on both ends of the floor in the second half and had 15 turnovers versus the 76ers' 23. For Philadelphia, Joel Embiid led the way with 13 points, and Gerald Henderson had 10. After the 76ers made a run in the second quarter, they didn't show much fight in the second half, and the Grizzlies ended up cruising to victory.
Overall, Memphis coach David Fizdale was happy with Memphis' performance, aside from the collapse in the second quarter:
Fizdale: "We had some lapses defensively but overall I felt we were really connected."— Grace Baker (@GraceBaker901) October 12, 2016
Now, Memphis goes on the road for their last three preseason games before the real fun begins on October 26th.