The nightmare continues.
The final game of the season series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the L.A. Clippers just wrapped up, and the Clippers picked up the win, 114-98.
The first quarter felt like a throwback to 2012. The Grizzlies scored 21 points in the frame and 18(!) points came inside the paint. The other 3? Points from free throws. The quarter ended with a 26-21 advantage for the Clippers.
The second quarter only made things worse for the Grizzlies. The Clippers’ rebounding advantage became even more pronounced, along with the 3-point field goal difference. The Clippers out-rebounded the Grizzlies 28-20 and made 6 baskets from beyond the arc, compared to the Grizzlies’ goose egg in that category. The Grizzlies lost all their momentum in the second quarter too. The game felt close in the first quarter, but not being able to catch up by giving up easy buckets and missing threes is a demoralizing effort.
The back-up point guard issue continues to be prevalent. Toney Douglas notched a grand total of 0 points and 1 assist while posting a -15 +/-. Meanwhile,
Draco Malfoy Austin Rivers had a positive night off the bench in the first half. He scored 11 points on 5-7 shooting while being a +3.
The first half ended with a Grizzlies deficit, 54-46.
Were you hoping for a more encouraging second half? Well, this wasn’t it.
Mike Conley and Marc Gasol still haven’t found a rhythm by this period. They combined for 7-25 shooting while being 0-7 behind the line. Mike Conley’s shooting struggles in particular contributed to this funk, as he was 1-11 himself.
The Grizzlies finally hit their first 3-pointer of the game on a Troy Daniels 26-foot jump shot. Two minutes later, Zach Randolph doubled the amount of threes with a jump shot of his own.
That is the extent of positives for the 3rd, as they headed into the final period down 20, 85-65.
The fourth quarter was more of the same. The Grizzlies continued to be out-shot, out-rebounded, and out-hustled. The Grizzlies have been lacking in discipline and execution defensively since the All-Star break, and this second half exemplified that problem.
The Grizzlies were out-scored in every frame until the Grizzlies gained a slight edge for 4th-quarter scoring from garbage time, and the Grizzlies continue to look lifeless post-All-Star break.
The Grizzlies fall to 36-29, and host the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday March 11th.