If you watched this game, I’m sorry. The Grizzlies rapidly self-destructed after winning the first quarter. Turnovers and slow offensive kept Memphis from establishing any sort of flow on either end. Miami was missing Hassan Whiteside, but that didn’t stop the Heat from putting up triple figures, scoring 37 points in the fourth courter.
Four Grizzlies scored in double figures with Marc Gasol leading the way: 19 points on 5-14 shooting. Tyreke Evans struggled mightily, something Memphis has not had to overcome very much if at all this season. Evans was just 5-17 from the field for 11 points. The only player to have a positive +/- was big man Deyonta Davis off the bench.
The shooting woes continue to be a real issue for this Memphis team. They shot just 38% from the field, making only 28 field goals for the game. The three point shots were prevalent but not made at a high clip, just 8-27 for 29.6%. At one point in the second quarter, Chandler Parsons was fouled on a three point attempt when the Grizzlies were down two. He missed all three free throws. That is a perfect summation of how this game went for Memphis.
A common theme this season, clearly stated in last night’s game, has been untimely fouling. Untimely is a nice sounding word for completely, unnecessarily stupid fouling early in each quarter. The Grizzlies kept the Heat in the bonus early and often each quarter, giving Miami a chance to maintain the lead without creating a flow for Memphis. The fouls are often committed after being blown by on individual defense and attempting a block from behind.
As the fourth quarter lead blossomed into a blowout, the Grizz lost all fighting spirit. The last five-ish minutes became a shooting contest of which team could shoot the most threes in the shortest amount of time. The effort lacked the entire game, but was at an all-time low closing this game. Miami ended the game shooting 56% from the field and 52% from three point land.
"We didn't give the fans what they deserve tonight, the organization what they deserve tonight, and we didn't give one another what we deserve."— FOX Sports Grizzlies (@GrizzliesOnFSSE) December 12, 2017
Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff addressing the media after the @memgrizz loss to the Heat. #GrindCity pic.twitter.com/9mgOxsECnB
The Grizzlies turned the ball over 15 times, allowing 13 Heat points off of them, and only assisted on 17 of their 28 field goals. The offense was sloppy and slow, as usual, but Tyreke Evans was not there to bail out the Grizzlies tonight. As this season progresses, the players are losing focus on both ends of the floor. Bad shot selections lead to quick buckets on the other end by each opponent.
Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff seems to have lost faith in Mario Chalmers (finally), Chalmers logged just 13 minutes in the Oklahoma City game and 11 minutes last night against Miami. Andrew Harrison is getting the majority of the back-up point guard minutes, he played 26 minutes on Monday night. Dillon Brooks is continuing to struggle offensively. He played 19 minutes, almost 10 under his average per game. Brooks is averaging just 5.5 points in the month of December and chalked up a big, fat zero points versus Miami.
After losing 11 games in a row, the Grizzlies have begun another losing streak of four games. They will face the Washington Wizards in D.C. on Wednesday night, another chance to figure out what this team can do to win a game.
Memphis is in a bad place right now. The players don’t look engaged, nothing has changed with the firing of David Fizdale, and no one seems to have any answers. Memphis faithful are holding on strong, the team seems to be searching for something that isn’t there. This match-up against Miami was a favorable opportunity to right some wrongs, yet quite the opposite happened. Monday night just emphasized more of the problems that Memphis facing. Oh and this started...
There is plenty of basketball left to be played, and it all starts with the next game. John Wall is likely to make his return against the Grizzlies on Wednesday. Yay.