WHERE: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
WHEN: 6:30 PM CT
HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: Fox Sports Southeast/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis
BROOKLYN- Quincy Acy (Out, ankle), Jeremy Lin (Out, hamstring)
MEMPHIS- Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Chandler Parsons, JaMychal Green, Marc Gasol
BROOKLYN- Spencer Dinwiddie, Randy Foye, Bojan Bogdanovic, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brook Lopez
What’s the best way to get over a loss to the best team in the NBA?
A game against the worst team in the Association.
The Memphis Grizzlies, coming off a sound defeat at the hands of the red-hot Golden State Warriors, are looking to end the pre-All-Star schedule with two wins against two inferior opponents.
Before they can head home to play the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, they must first take on the struggling Nets in Brooklyn. While Memphis is 6-2 in their last eight games, Brooklyn is 0-8 in theirs. In fact, the Nets are limping into the break in the midst of a 12-game losing streak. Brooklyn is actually 1-23 in their last 24 games, with their one win coming against...the New Orleans Pelicans.
An 8-2 record in their last 10 games heading into a well-deserved break is very possible for Memphis. But first, they must win tonight. And here’s how they can do it.
Play Your Game
It doesn’t always have to be in-depth analysis and X’s and O’s schematic adjustments. The Memphis Grizzlies are that much better than the Brooklyn Nets and should win this game by double digits. But that, of course, doesn’t mean that they will. The Nets are professionals with pride and talent. While they’re in the middle of a rebuild, they aren’t just going to lie down.
This is a game where massive amounts of statistical breakdowns are not needed. What is needed is execution and respect for the opponent. If Memphis can move the ball on offense and execute rotations/communicate defensively within what they do on a daily basis, they will win.
A back to basics kind of night.
Make Lopez (more) Miserable
Brook Lopez is a darn good basketball player, especially offensively. But he’s currently wasting away in Brooklyn, likely hoping rumors of potential trades away from the Nets are true. A team like the Pelicans or Chicago Bulls could use the talents of Lopez, but alas, he is still in Brooklyn, at least as of this writing, and is easily the best player for the Nets.
Memphis has to do their best to limit him. They must watch him from range - Lopez attempts five threes per game, shooting 33.6% from beyond the arc - and they must force him off his spots in the post. Brook has the ability to keep the Nets around, getting his teammates to buy in and give their best effort to try to win. But on the flip side, if Memphis can jump out early and quiet Lopez’s game, Brooklyn will surely fold.
If Memphis lets the Nets hang around, it could be a long night in Brooklyn for the Grizzlies. This game should be ripe for the taking for Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, and the rest of the bears of Beale Street if they play their game and execute on both ends of the court.
They will do just that starting tonight, looking to head in to the All-Star break on a good note.
Memphis 107, Brooklyn 94