The Hawks got away with an easy win last night. Memphis lost the fifth consecutive game and the fourth in a row by double digits. The Grizzlies never led during the game and shot a paltry 5 for 29 from the perimeter.
The defensive effort/execution also left a lot to be desired. It is becoming a habit for their opponents to score over 100 points. This is certainly a bad sign for a team known for its defense.
The Grizzlies are in a negative spiral only one month away from the start of the playoffs. Memphis sits on the seventh seed right now and is five games ahead of the eighth seed and seven games ahead of the ninth seed with 16 games left to play.
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JaMychal Green: A
20 points, 11 rebounds in 25 minutes (-20)
Green has been pretty steady for the Grizzlies this season. The power forward was one of the few shooting the ball well last night (8 for 12) and did a good defensive job on Millsap, who scored most of his points when he was on the bench. Green, who had seven offensive rebounds, recorded his eighth double-double of the season.
Brandan Wright: B
10 points, 4 rebounds in 12 minutes (+1)
Wright did not see any playing time in the first half but had some good minutes in the second half. He showed once again that he can be a solid backup center.
Mike Conley: C+
16 points, 5 assists, 5 steals in 31 minutes (-18)
Conley has not been able to find his shot from the perimeter in the last couple of games. He was 1 for 7 from the three point line last night and looked clearly frustrated.
Vince Carter: C
4 points, 2 assists, 3 steals in 20 minutes (+3)
Carter did a bit of everything last night even if it does not show in the stats. He acted as a facilitator during the Grizzlies' run in the second quarter, stole the ball three times and had one dunk.
Zach Randolph: C-
9 points, 2 rebounds in 18 minutes (-3)
Not the best night for Z-Bo either. He was 4 for 7 from the floor but did not dominate a small Hawks team. He had a team-high four turnovers.
Tony Allen: F
4 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists in 21 minutes (-12)
The Grindfather is not doing any game changing plays on the defensive ends and the team needs that. He had no steals against the Hawks and his presence is going unnoticed lately.
Marc Gasol: F
8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists in 27 minutes (-11)
Gasol should have dominated a Howard-less Hawks team. He had an off-night instead, shooting 3 for 11. The Grizzlies go as far as Gasol goes and he is not performing at high level after the All Star break.
Chandler Parsons: F
5 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists in 23 minutes (-11)
Parsons made a triple and showed once again his passing skills which is something the Grizzlies could use more often. Other than it was another disappointing game by the 94 million man.
James Ennis: F
5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists in 17 minutes (+1)
Ennis started again and blew up another opportunity to show that he belongs. He had a monster chase-down block, though.
Troy Daniels: F
3 points in 21 minutes (-14)
Daniels was 1 for 10 from the floor and had a rough night on the defensive end. He is arguably the worst defender in the team. When his shot is not there, his presence is a liability.
Andrew Harrison and Toney Douglas: F
Can we call up Wade if we're going to have blowout minutes available on the reg? Probably would make me sadder but I'd like to find out.— Chase Lucas (@deepfriedcouch) March 12, 2017
David Fizdale: D
Fizdale started with a lineup of capable shooters (I still believe in Parsons's shooting ability even if the numbers do not show it this season). This goes in line with his approach towards spreading the floor. The shots were just not falling last night, and the Hawks took advantage.
I do not blame him for the loss last night even though his defensive plan should have been better against a team that moves the ball so well like the Hawks. Especially at home, the Grizzlies should make it difficult for opponents to reach 100 points. Defense is the Grizzlies' hallmark and it has been very inconsistent this year.