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Memphis Grizzlies Fall to L.A. Lakers 107-102

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An unfortunate end to the weekend in La La Land.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Lakers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies, after an impressive showing on Saturday at Staples Center against the Clippers, were not able to match that effort for a full 48 minutes Sunday evening. The young Los Angeles Lakers made Memphis pay for early lackadaisical play and beat the Grizzlies.

Some quick takeaways from this contest-

  • Memphis could not defend at the rim well for much of the night. Whether it was Marc Gasol, Brandan Wright, or Jarell Martin, the Lakers took advantage of the Grizzlies inside time and again. This was especially evident in the second quarter, when the Lakers scored 35 points and Brandon Ingram attacked the paint almost at will.
  • Marc had a pretty rough night for the Grizzlies as both a defender and a scorer, shooting well below 40% from the field while missing the mark defending in the paint as well, as noted above. Gasol was a great example of needing more engagement and execution earlier in the game so that a massive run wasn’t necessary at the end. Marc wasn’t the only reason Memphis dropped this game (fifteen points, ten rebounds, and seven assists from Gasol helped the cause of the Grizzlies), but as is always the case for this team, they will need Marc to be a force on both ends of the court on most nights for Memphis to win, regardless of opponent.
  • Some positives for the Grizzlies? Tyreke Evans scored 26 points off the bench in yet another dominant Sixth Man of the Year candidate performance, while Dillon Brooks scored in double figures in his second game as a starter. Memphis also showed grit towards the end of the contest, getting the Lakers’ lead down to three with less than a minute left after being down by as many as 22 in the half. It was just too little, too late.

Give the Lakers credit, they had six players in double figures and earned the win on this night. Memphis did not do enough to pick up the victory. The Grizzlies, now 6-4 through their first 10 games, are back in action on Tuesday night as they take on the Trail Blazers in Portland.

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