This was a game that Memphis desperately needed to win. The final game of a three night home stand was the perfect opportunity to get a W before hitting the road to face the Wizards. What we got instead was a less-than-inspired effort from our beloved Beale Street Bears.
The Grizz looked sharp at one point, holding a seven point lead. They were active on defense and executing on the offensive end. It looked like they were ready to take hold of the game, but they were never able to completely take control. Miami slowly battled back by clamping down on defense and coming alive from behind the arc.
A three-point halftime deficit turned into a ten-point hole entering the fourth, which snowballed into the 25-point loss we were left with. In a tough game like this, there were few positives, but some worth noting.
Let’s take a look.
Andrew Harrison: A
Raise your hands if you called Harrison to be the second leading scorer for the Grizzlies with 16 points and 4 assists, and hitting both of his three pointers. No one? That’s what I thought. On a night when virtually everyone in a Memphis uniform struggled, Harrison played extremely well. He was active on both ends of the floor and gave 100% effort in a game after which not all of his teammates can say the same. If we see this Harrison more often, Memphis could be more competitive with a tandem of a healthy Mike Conley and this version of Andrew Harrison.
Drew out here doing it all pic.twitter.com/RXoi8NyUJq— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) December 12, 2017
Chandler Parsons: B-
Parsons’ grade would have been higher if not for a few particular failures, such as missing all of his free throws after getting fouled behind the three point line, and a badly missed three pointer. That being said, Parsons contributed across the board tonight with a solid stat line of 9 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. Parsons showed true effort and, despite the occasional poor shooting effort, he should continue to contribute to the team. While it cannot be understated how underwhelming Memphis looked tonight, Parsons’ effort was inspiring to watch. He looks much different than the shell of a player we saw hobble through last season.
JaMychal Green: B
Green broke out of his recent funk and turned in a solid performance, posting 10 points alongside 4 rebounds and two steals. While his numbers might not seem overwhelming, JAM’s involvement is key to Memphis’ play. The team functions better when he’s active on defense and contributing on offense. Green was thought of as a hot commodity going into this past offseason for his defensive versatility and consistent ability to knock down three pointers. He displayed his talents tonight and those talents are going to be needed by the Grizzlies this season. Green may not be the hero we deserve, but he’s the hero we need.
Yes, that is a Batman reference. It felt right.
While this game was disappointing, there’s always hope for the next one. Next up, the Grizz take on the Wizards in D.C. Let’s hope for the best.