Hey, that Grizzlies win streak was fun while it lasted right?
Memphis has now dropped 12 of its last 13 after falling to the Knicks 99-88. Former Grizzly Courtney Lee set the tone on offense with 24 points while also leading the way on the defensive side as he and Knicks spent most of the night harassing the Grizzlies into 15 turnovers, with 9 coming into the second quarter.
Marc Gasol led the way for the Grizzlies, scoring 17 points with 8 rebounds and 3 assists despite leaving towards the end of the second quarter with an apparent knee injury. He returned after halftime and seemed to move around fine after the scary moment of watching him hobble his way to the locker room. Tyreke was his usual high-scoring self, contributing 15 points, albeit in a less efficient manner than we have come to expect, shooting 30.8% from the field.
This game became a game of runs. Memphis went on a 20-4 run early in the game, as well as trimming down New York’s 17 point lead midway through the third quarter. However the Knicks used a huge run that spanned the second and third quarters that led to them pulling away from Memphis.
Despite the loss there were some encouraging signs. During the Knicks’ run to start the third quarter, Memphis looked totally defeated. They couldn’t buy a basket, nor could they stop the Knicks from imposing their will on the Grizzlies. Their body language was atrocious. Then Mario Chalmers re-entered the game. He drew a foul, scored a few points, and got a few stops, and suddenly Memphis was back in the contest. Although they didn’t get the win, it was good to see that they didn’t give up. They stayed competitive and kept fighting. It shows that the Grizz haven’t given up on this season and still believe that they can win as long as they keep fighting.
Chalmers had a solid game - he shot the ball well and had a knack for getting a bucket when the team needed one. Andrew Harrison didn’t shoot well, but he made some good passes and ended up leading Memphis in assists with 5 on the night. Chandler Parsons got Memphis going early and played good defense considering he spent most of his time in the second half matched up with Kristaps Porzingis.
After a gutsy win over Minnnesota, it was tough to see Memphis lose what should have been a very winnable game. The Grizzlies look to get back to winning ways against the Toronto Raptors this Friday at FedExForum.