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Full Recap: Spurs Clip Grizzlies 95-89 (OT)

Grizzlies’ poor shooting loses physical overtime game in San Antonio

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In the midst of the Memphis Grizzlies trying to claw their way up the Western Conference standings, they got declawed in an ugly 95-89 OT loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

The first half was a shootout, if both teams were using Nerf guns. Both teams combined to shoot 11-of-37 (29.7%) from the field in the first quarter in a frame that ended in a 16-14 Grizzlies advantage. The snowball fight started to pick up pace as both teams scored a whole 19 points each in the 2nd quarter! The half ended with the Grizzlies leading 35-33 in a game that had the physicality Grit n Grind fans would love.

In the 2nd half, the Spurs decided to shoot like an NBA team and left the Grizzlies shooting in the D-League. By the end of the game, I was confident that I was watching a rematch of the National Championship game from Monday night. The physicality kept up, but Grit n Grind fans weren’t exactly thrilled when an accident resulted in a Mike Conley bloody eye that took him out of the game in the 4th quarter.

Coincidentally, the Grizzlies got hot in the tail end of the 4th without Conley. Zach Randolph hit a beautiful shot with 2.7 seconds left to take the lead, then LaMarcus Aldridge completed a tip-in with 1.6 seconds left to send the game into overtime, 84-84.

In overtime, without Marc Gasol or Conley, the Grizzlies were outmatched. The Grizzlies only made 1 field goal as their shooting woes came back with a vengeance. The Spurs continued their solid play, however, and won the game 95 to 89.

The Grizzlies had plenty of chances to execute and win this game, but it never came to fruition. Here’s what stood out the most in their loss.

Stormtrooper Shooting

The Grizzlies played good, physical defense as they always do. But that goes down the drain when your offensive production is as disgusting as it was on Tuesday.

I don’t want to take away from the tremendous defense of the Spurs, because it always is effective, but the Grizzlies’ shot selection was bad all on its own. They were forced into a lot of low-percentage shots and seemed as if they couldn’t hit a single one. Memphis’ hot 4th quarter almost won the game for them single-handedly. They wouldn’t have been in that position if it weren’t for their poor offense earlier in the game.

The Grizzlies scored 33 points in the 4th quarter while only scoring 35 in the entire first half. Memphis played great defense and held the Spurs to a paltry 33, but a better offense would have given the Grizzlies a bigger margin for error.

The Grizzlies shot .392(FG)/.320(3P)/.611(FT) on Tuesday night. The missed free throws are always a killer in close losses, but they could have really helped out a lifeless, ineffective offense.

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Transition Defense

This has been a problem for the Grizzlies all season and it was a problem last night. The Spurs were 27th in pace heading into Tuesday’s matchup, but they had no problem running in transition against the Grizzlies. When Z-Bo or Gasol were on the court, the Spurs took advantage by pushing up the floor immediately after missed shots and turnovers.

The Grizzlies and Spurs had equal turnovers on the night (15 each), but the Spurs had a clear points off turnovers advantage (26-14). The Grizzlies could not get back in time and the Grizzlies’ best players aren't necessarily their best personnel for running. It puts Memphis in a bind offensively if they know any mistake could lead to an easy basket on the other end.

In an overtime loss, it’s easy to point to singular events and wish they had gone differently. But points off of turnovers are particularly damaging to your winning chances, considering you’re wasting an offensive possession and giving the opponents an easy one.

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Going Forward

The Memphis Grizzlies (42-36) play the Oklahoma City Thunder (44-33) on Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to capture the 6th seed. The Grizzlies are 2.5 games back from the Thunder with 4 games left, but the chance is still there to take advantage in case OKC slips up. If the Grizzlies stay in the 7-seed, they will likely play the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs. If this regular season game is any indication, it will be a cage fight of a series. Even if it is a short one.

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