It isn’t about losing.
At this point, losses are better than wins for the long-term health of the Memphis Grizzlies. Especially against the Atlanta Hawks, a team currently ahead of them in the race for ping pong balls that is the NBA Lottery. If Memphis had lost by two points, on a last-second shot, so be it. The Grizzlies were on the road. Atlanta had played better of late, much like Memphis. That would make sense.
The showing these Grizzlies put out on the floor tonight was pathetic.
27 turnovers. 16 turnovers for 22 Atlanta points in just the first half. 21.7% shooting from three. Dillon Brooks took the most shots for Memphis. The defensive effort was lackadaisical. The offensive execution was abysmal. This team simply looked like they did not want to be there.
The All-Star break is approaching. The trade deadline has everyone wondering what this squad will look like 72 hours from now. But J.B. Bickerstaff and his staff needs to rip these young players and veterans apart. This is not how a professional basketball team conducts business. This is not how a group of men who worked their whole lives to get to this level of play should compete.
Losses are forgivable. Games like this should never happen. Ever. It is arguably the worst game the Grizzlies have played in the past eight seasons, and maybe since they came to Memphis. The Pyramid days were rough...but this was pretty bad.
The “good” news is Memphis is back in action tomorrow, in FedExForum, against the Utah Jazz.