The Memphis Grizzlies lost to the Charlotte Hornets 104-85 at FedExForum in Memphis tonight. While the poor play and lack of energy was evident throughout the game, the major story as the final horn sounded was who was not able to finish the contest. Some quick takeaways from the game-
- Mike Conley (back) and Vince Carter (hip) both exited the game early due to injury. The extent of those injuries are not yet known. For a team already down James Ennis, Chandler Parsons, and Brandan Wright because of various ailments, this news could not come at a worse time. Hopefully Carter and Conley will not fall victim to the dreaded “two-weeks and be reevaluated” treatment.
- Those who have had to step up in the place of multiple key rotation players being absent failed at that task tonight. JaMychal Green (-21 in 28 minutes) and Andrew Harrison (1-8 shooting) are two main examples of those struggles, but essentially the entire bench (and JaMychal) had real issues in one way or another. “Next man up” only works when that next man performs. That did not occur Monday night.
- Credit the Hornets, who clearly were the aggressors all night and were just hungrier than Memphis was for this victory. Charlotte is a young and talented team who could potentially make some waves in the Eastern Conference (until they run in to Cleveland, that is.)
Memphis is now 11-7 on the season. Their next game is Wednesday night in Toronto for a date with their fellow expansion brethren the Raptors.