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Final Score: Memphis Grizzlies Fall To Phoenix Suns (Again), 109-100

A third quarter meltdown was too much to overcome for the depleted Grizzlies.

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Starting Five

The Grizzlies started Mike Conley, P.J. Hairston, Matt Barnes, Zach Randolph, and Chris "Grizzilla" Andersen.

Game Story

Memphis' only loss in their last six games came two weeks ago at Phoenix, a game they should have easily won. Despite their, at times, Summer League-ish lineups (Chris Herrington's words, not mine), the Suns pose some matchup problems for the Grizz in the form of Alex Len and three-point specialist Mirza Teletovic. Devin Booker is also becoming a pebble in the shoe: the 19 year old slapped Chalmers across the head (no call) and somehow, someway, managed to illicit a tech from Lance "Literally Gandhi" Stephenson in the first quarter. He would finish with 25 points and 9 assists to lead all scorers.

The first half was a bit of a wrestling match, with swinging leads by each team and a handful of injuries: Mike Conley (unclear), who returned in the second quarter, Hairston (ankle stinger), and Chris Andersen (shoulder), who did not return. Phoenix shot 50%+ for the first quarter and a half while Memphis muddled in the high 30's, giving up a 7-point lead in the process. Good energy from Conley and Chalmers sparked a comeback that swung the lead back to Memphis, and they took a 59-53 edge into the locker room punctuated by a three by Mike.

The Grizzlies started 1-11 from the floor in the third quarter, while Phoenix resumed its hot shooting. A Ronnie Price three made it 73-63 midway through the third quarter, prompting a CDJ timeout. By the time the bell rung, Phoenix had won the period 32-15 and directed the Grizzlies' attention away from the game and onto the inconsistency of the whistle. The 10-point deficit was simply too much to overcome for the Grizzlies, especially without Grizzilla (who had been playing really well, especially on the floor with Conley) and JaMychal Green, who fouled out with 4:00 remaining (after amassing 17 points and 6 rebounds).

Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 22 points. Barnes added 17, and Chalmers was great (as he has been since joining) off the bench.

Extra Gravy

  • I know we don't like him right now in this moment... but I kind of want Devin Booker on the Grizzlies.
  • Stop what you're doing and check out Birdman's radio interview with Chris Vernon show from last Thursday.
  • A dude hit a half court shot to win an Audi during a second quarter time out. An Audi. Slightly better than a lifetime supply of Sonic tater tots, which is what the last guy won. If I was him, I'd get into this guy's Audi and eat a million tots, then grind them into the carpets. But I guess I'm petty.