Memphis lost the fourth straight after a disappointing performance against the Clippers. Rebounding and shooting efficiency were the keys to last night's game.
The fourth and fifth seeds look too far away now and the Grizzlies will have to battle for the sixth seed if they want to avoid San Antonio and Golden State in the playoffs.
Zach Randolph: A-
18 points, 11 rebounds in 25 minutes (-15)
Z-Bo came to play last night. He fought in the mud and punished the Clippers in the paint. He had five offensive rebounds and was 8 for 15 from the floor including a made three. He continues to struggle on pick and roll defense, though.
Troy Daniels: B+
13 points in 16 minutes (+0)
The sharpshooter did what he is supposed to do: knocking down three pointers. He was 4 for 5 from downtown and continues to build a case for having more minutes on the floor. His defense was not good and probably the main reason why he cannot get consistent playing time.
Marc Gasol: B
20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists in 33 minutes (-13)
Gasol is playing decent after the All-Star break but the Grizzlies need him to play great if they want to succeed. He was 8 for 16 from the field and connected nicely with Wright and Randolph on the offensive end.
Brandan Wright: B-
8 points, 2 rebounds in 18 minutes (-4)
Wright started for the second time this season. He performed reasonably on the offensive end but the Grizzlies were crashed on the rebounds when he was on the floor.
Tony Allen: C+
9 points, 4 assists, 1 steal in 23 minutes (-6)
The Grindfather contributed on both ends of the floor but could not change the course of the game with his defense. He started the game on the bench again and his numbers continue to drop as the season goes by.
Andrew Harrison: C
7 points, 4 assists in 13 minutes (+5)
Harrison started for the Grizzlies once again. He did not shoot that bad this time (2 for 5) and was the only Grizzly with a positive plus/minus. His play still leaves lots of question marks, though.
Mike Conley: C-
13 points, 4 assists in 35 minutes (-4)
Conley was averaging over 25 points a game after the All Star break until yesterday's game. When Memphis needed him the most, he did not perform well. He shot 3 for 14 from the floor and was visibly frustrated for the lack of calls on his drives to the basket.
Vince Carter: D+
4 points, 3 assists in 23 minutes (-17)
Carter had two nice drives to the basket in the first quarter but that was pretty much it from the veteran.
JaMychal Green: D
3 points, 5 rebounds in 22 minutes (+0)
Green came off the bench and could not provide a spark. He certainly helped on rebounding but did not contribute much offensively.
James Ennis: D-
3 points in 18 minutes (-14)
With Parsons out for rest, Ennis had a chance to show why he should be on the floor on a regular basis. Other than a three point play, he did not show any signs of life. The wingman got in foul trouble early in the game too.
Toney Douglas: F
0 points, 3 assists in 12 minutes (-12)
If you were wondering if Douglas was going to fix the backup point guard woes, the answer is no. His defense is not great and his shooting percentage is too low. He was 0 for 2 yesterday.
David Fizdale: F
The Grizzlies are playing their worst basketball of the Fizdale era. They are 2-5 after the All Star break and 0-2 since the coach changed the lineup. These were his seven sins against the Clippers:
- Fizdale benched Randolph at the beginning of the season due to floor spacing issues. He is now, however, starting Harrison and Wright, who cannot shoot the ball outside the paint.
- The team did not come up with the right mindset in a key game for seeding purposes against a team losing of 3 of their last 5 and playing the second game of a back-to-back and fifth game in seven nights.
- The pick and roll defense and the transition defense were horrible last night.
- Daniels finally saw some playing time, but Fizdale did not design a single play for him in his first five minutes in the game. If you play Daniels, you have to use him!
- Memphis has struggled against the Clippers' backcourt this season and nothing changed last night. Paul, Rivers, Crawford, Redick and Felton all scored in double figures.
- The Grizzlies were out-rebounded by a Clippers team that has not been good in that area all year long.
- Why is he so fond of Douglas and Harrison? They are bad shooters, they are not good defenders and they are not great passers. Harrison's potential can be questioned too.