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Week-side Help: Week 3 - An awesome, quality wee—Oh wait, we lost to Phoenix

A winning week leaves a horrible taste in our mouths after stunning loss to Phoenix

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Phoenix Suns Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Week 3 Results

Washington Wizards 95 @ Memphis Grizzlies 107 (4-2) Recap | Box Score

Memphis Grizzlies 110 (5-2) @ Utah Jazz 100 Recap | Box Score

Memphis Grizzlies 100 (5-3) @ Phoenix Suns 102 Recap | Box Score

Week 3 Storylines

-Memphis announced they waived G Andrew Harrison on Thursday. This gives Memphis an available roster spot for the season.

-Memphis’ three-game winning streak was halted in Phoenix Sunday night after a devastating loss, ending the week with 2-1 record and 5-3 record for the season.

-Required Reading: GBB’s Jack Noonan digs into the minutia of Jaren Jackson Jr.’s game, specifically an incredible signature post move. | Memphis’ big free-agent signing this summer isn’t a prolific bucket-getter, but he’s a good basketball player. GBB’s Parker Fleming analyzes all the ways Kyle Anderson makes himself useful even when he (most likely) isn’t scoring.

Week 3 Thoughts

-I will miss Andrew Harrison. He clearly wasn’t included in this team’s plans going forward, so I hope he can find an NBA with actual playing time available for him. He improved from his rookie to sophomore season so I was interested to see what was in store for his third NBA season, typically the season where you find out if a player has “it”.

-With Shelvin Mack having a great week and the front office likely wanting to check out Jevon Carter soon, this move was logical. And Harrison definitely wasn’t lighting any worlds on fire. A front-office move that the head understands, but the heart dislikes.

-I cannot tell whether or not I should be excited over the Grizzlies thorough victory against the Wizards. You take as many wins as you can in sports, especially convincing wins. But the Wizards are a mess and picking on them feels almost rude. I’m going to do it anyway by posting this video.

-I’m not saying, I’m just saying.....Bradley Beal makes a lot of sense on the Lakers.

-Also, very cool to know that Garrett Temple is our best player now, apparently. His scoring thus far (13.3 per game) feels unsustainable compared to his career average (5.5 per game before this year), but he can easily be our third or second scoring option going forward this season if he keeps up his play. He’s been such a good fit overall and so good as a defender that he deserves all the touches and scoring opportunities that he’s been getting. The fact that Temple is actually making the most of those opportunities is even more encouraging.

-This play by Jaren Jackson Jr. is another flash that keeps the excitement alive about his future prospects. A 7-foot rim protector isn’t anything new, but that same rim protector with these ball handling skills scoring against the reigning Defensive Player of the Year? That’s a whole new level.

-The Jazz win was great because well, winning is great. The offense did great and Shelvin Mack really showed out for a much criticized player the first handful of games, including by yours truly. He was huge in the fourth quarter. But it always feels like Grizzlies wins all come with caveats:

-Yeah, the Grizzlies beat the Wizards handily...but they’re in absolute turmoil it appears.

-Yeah, the Grizzlies beat the Jazz on the road for the second time in as many weeks...but they were without Donovan Mitchell this time.

-The game against Phoenix was a truly a game of runs. But Memphis’ inability to close out the Suns was just frustrating and disappointing. The first half, Memphis felt like they actually had control of the game. But in the second half, the Suns hung around enough with multiple 7(or more)-0 scoring runs and timely shooting. All the Omri Casspi Shammgods in the world weren’t enough to compete with Devin Booker’s game-winner.

-Again, another good Shelvin Mack game, this time in a loss. If he is still Memphis’ best bench player by the All-Star Break I will do one (1) trillion push-ups.

-Savvy move by The Ross Man (me) in making a bet with subjective standards so I’ll never have to pay up or admit I’m wrong. Real galaxy brain stuff.

-Mike Conley and Marc Gasol combined for 5-29 shooting and 19 points against Phoenix. PEEEEEEE-YEWWWWWW

-It was encouraging to see the Grizzlies slow down Deandre Ayton, especially compared to his near perfect outing the last time these two teams played. JJJ had a quiet game, but this block made a loud statement against the #1 pick.

Week 4 Schedule and Preview

Memphis Grizzlies @ Golden State Warriors, Mon. Nov. 5th, 10:30 PM ET/9:30 PM CT

Denver Nuggets @ Memphis Grizzlies, Weds. Nov. 7th, 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT

Philadelphia 76ers @ Memphis Grizzlies, Sat. Nov. 10th, 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT

A very exciting triumvirate of opponents for Memphis this week. All three are the first matchup of the season and all three look primed to be playoff teams this year.

The Warriors feels like a guaranteed loss. I mean, they’re the Warriors! Plus its a road back-to-back for Memphis after playing on Sunday night. Stephen Curry is my MVP thus far and reminding everyone that he’s the second-best player in the league. He’s somehow playing better this year (32.5 PPG on .539/.509/.917 splits) than he did in the year he was the UNANIMOUS MVP (30.1 PPG on .504/.454/.908 splits). He and the Warriors have been the best thing about the league for five years in a row, now. I can’t believe people think watching the best team of all time has ruined the league. Long live Steph.

Denver was not a playoff team a year ago, but they’re the second in the West right now. They’ve had a good offense for a couple of years now, but this is the year their defense has caught up as well. They were 25th in defensive rating a year ago and 29th in defensive rating the year before that. This year the Nuggets sport the 3rd best defensive rating in the league. Nikola Jokic is playing out of his mind and it looks like everything is coming together for team that has grown year-after-year. How Denver sustains this for a whole season will be very interesting for a West without a definitive second-best to Golden State.

Let me say this about the 76ers: I hope Markelle Fultz becomes really good. Philadelphia has a chance to repent for the sins(trading James Harden, letting Kevin Durant walk) of Sam Presti with a potentially amazing long-term trio. But this 3-point attempt is hilariously bad, and his backcourt mate in Ben Simmons has a steadfast refusal to shoot threes that is almost impressive.

The Sixers are good, definitely the better team, and probably going to win on Saturday. But “Ben Simmons shoot a three you coward” is still funny, so I give the advantage to Memphis here.

Have a good week, Memphis.

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