When I went to bed last night, I felt bad about the Grizzlies loss.
When I woke up this morning, I still felt bad. But I realized that I don't have anymore regular season west coast games for about two weeks.
The Grizzlies went into last night really needing a win against the Lakers. They have a tough schedule to end the season.
Back to back games with the Spurs.
Two against Golden State in which they may be chasing their 73rd win of the season.
The Clippers...but cares about them. Zbo owns them.
Plus, the Grizzlies were playing the Lakers. Kobe Bryant and the Pips. The second worst team in the league. A team that NEEDS to lose games to keep their draft pick.
And they couldn't quite get it done.
West coast back-to-backs are rough, and this one was no exception.
It Was Over When...
Zach Randolph gets a steal off of Jordan Clarkson with 25 seconds left in the game, and Matt Barnes throws a bad pass in transition that is picked off as well.
* Tony Freaking Allen- The Grindfather was 12-12 from the field and lead all scorers with 27 points. Read more about TA's big night here
** Brandon Bass- The Lakers were all about that Bass last night, he racked up 18 points off the bench and could not be stopped late in the fourth quarter.
*** Kobe Bryant- 20 points and an audible gasp from the crowd and Kevin Harlan every time he touched the ball. On the anniversary of him scoring 60 against the Grizzlies back in 2007, we got to witness Bryant's last game against the Grizzlies.
- ESPN reporter Arash Markazi put the situation with the Grizzlies roster perfectly
This Grizzlies team is like that random pack of Topps you used to get back in the day.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) March 23, 2016
"I'll trade you my Briante Weber and my 3-D Chris Andersen for your Xavier Munford and you "Many Faces of Lance Stephenson" card"
- Raise your hand if you knew Metta World Peace was still in the league.
That's not a lot of hands. If you didn't know, you did not miss much, but here is MWP getting the gate.
- My favorite play of the game comes from the that dude Tony Allen. Allen was amazing on offense, and locked down on Kobe Bryant for the shot clock violation.
Just an amazing example of how pest-ish TA can be on defense.
- Tony Allen was the offensive leader in the game, which was great. Unless there's not much more offense from anyone else. ZBo had 16 but was slowed by an injured ankle (PLEASE OH PLEASE BASKETBALL GODS AND GODDESSES CAN WE CATCH A BREAK AND HAVE THIS ONE NOT BE SERIOUS). Matt Barnes has nine points on 4-12 shooting. Hero of the Phoenix game Jordan Farmar had eight points on 2-9 shooting. Lance Stephenson got off to a slow start, finishing with 16 points on 5-12 shooting. The Grizzlies also had 20 turnovers. The team looked tired and on the second night of a road back to back...which they were.
- Speaking of Lance....Good Lance
The Grizzlies magic number remains at:
- The Lakers have some good young pieces go forward. Does anyone look more like a young ZBo than Julius Randle? Also, its going to be so much fun to watch D'Angelo Russell and Marcelo Huertas come off the bench behind Russell Westbrook.
- Overall, this game was slaw. The offense was slow, and the defense was more awkward than a Tarik Black press conference at his house. The Grizzlies could never really close the gap against a bad team. In the span of the season, this is not that big of a deal. One of eighty-two, However, they don't have many games against bad teams left.
- Spurs on Friday and Monday. Buckle Up.