The Memphis Grizzlies were coming off a heartbreaking loss the the Los Angeles Clippers just a few days ago that very well could have been different with Mike Conley in the basketball game, but instead they came back home looking for a win against a New York Knicks team that is battling injuries of its own.
The game started very much a back and forth affair, but somewhere in the middle part of the first quarter, the Memphis Grizzlies defense really showed and up and the Knicks players were having to work very very hard for buckets. Marc Gasol also showed up in the first quarter scoring nine points and helping the Grizzlies to stopping the Knicks early on. The Grizzlies defense held the New York Knicks to just twenty one points in the first quarter and to just 22% from three and 29% overall.
The Grizzlies began to stretch their lead out in the second quarter, getting scoring form almost everyone that played so far in the game for them. They were able to score a lot of points in the paint and really get to the rim whenever they wanted. They had 32 points in the paint in just the first half and the also got really good production from their bench putting in 21 of their 52 points. The Grizzlies were able to take the lead into halftime 52 to 43 over the Knicks.
The third quarter did not start as well as the Grizzlies would have hoped for, with them only scoring six points in the first part of the third quarter, and the Knicks were able to close the gap to just six points while the Grizzlies struggled on offense. The Grizzlies were held to just one field goal over the last eight minutes of the quarter and the Knicks turned a nine point deficit into a seven point lead at the end of the third.
The Grizzlies went back to their roots to start the third quarter with some hard nosed defense by going on a quick 5-2 run to cut the lead back down to just two points. The Knicks were still able to keep the lead through much of the fourth quarter but Jaren Jackson Jr. showed up to the game and put the Grizzlies on his back with his defense and even hitting a deep triple late in the shot clock on one possession. The Grizzlies were able to regain the lead with three minutes to go, but in the end the offense just wasn’t there for the Grizzlies late in the game. There was no one else to score besides Mike Conley, which lead to the Knicks winning this one 103-98.
Quick Notes from the Game:
- Defense. Grizzlies defense is still the best part about this team. There are times when it is absolutely stifling for the other team. Especially teams that used to a much more free flowing offense, when the Grizzlies make it twice as hard to score, it really gets other teams out of sorts.
- Jaren Jackson Jr shot blocking ability. Jaren Jackson Jr. has such a great ability to change or alter shots while on the defensive end. He had 7 blocked shots tonight against the Knicks and several times while closing out on defense, he jumped so high the offensive player had to shoot the ball much higher than normal to get over him, leading to a missed shot.
- Kyle Anderson. Kyle Anderson has to find a way to get more involved in the offense and the coaching staff have to find a way to put the ball in his hands more and let him make plays. Anderson had zero points in this game until late in the third quarter, that’s just not good enough for a starter on your team.