This game will go down as one of the worst efforts in franchise history. The Grizzlies finished up their road trip losing to the Atlanta Haws 108-82. Yes, to that Atlanta Hawks team. This is the Atlanta team who is the worst team in the league. After this one, there really isn’t much to say other than the need to reset for the next one on Wednesday.
The Grizzlies had 27 turnovers on the night, which was one of the biggest factors in this loss. There was one lead change and then it was all Atlanta as they had the lead up to as many 32 points. It was a dreadful game from start to finish. One way to sum up this game is that Brandan Wright hits a three at the end game buzzer, but the officials call it off.
Sounds about right.
The team shooting for the game was just as expected. The Hawks outshot the Grizzlies from the field 50.6% to 43.0%. Plus, Memphis went 4-22 from three. The points off turnovers tell a similar story. The Hawks scored 38 points off the Grizzlies 27 turnovers. That is just shameful and not much else to say about this one. Only positive is if you are watching draft picks. With Orlando and Atlanta winning, the Grizzlies are 1.5 games out from the worst record.
Now, to team grades.
Andrew Harrison- F
9 points, 4 assists including a three in garbage time. Harrison’s biggest struggle his whole NBA career has been his consistency every game. He fell back into that inconsistent mold in this game with a poor performance after a few great games in a row. With Tyreke all but gone and Mario Chalmers a bit older, Andrew Harrison is going to get the reps he needs for the rest of the season. He has shown flashes, but for this one, it just was not there.
Wayne Selden- F
For Wayne Selden, it was also a time he could have taken over the game. This Hawks team is not a good unit. Kent Bazemore is the type of player you can torch on the offensive end because of his lack of motivation to play two-ways. Selden failed at that opportunity scoring only 7 points on 3-8 shooting. Another young player with a chance to show out. He’s got to forget about this one and move on.
Dillon Brooks- F
Even as a rookie, Brooks is the leader of this young core of players. He is the most consistent, and he is a starter even with most everyone healthy (Parsons is better off the bench, even if he is worth a billion dollars). So, because of this, he should take on that role and not let his young guys come out of the gate so lethargic. Brooks needs to take responsibility for this group and try and build into a leader which can help the team long term. Individually, Brooks had 12 points and 4 assists. Nothing to write home about.
JaMychal Green- F
Back into the starting lineup consistently, JaM went back to his underwhelming ways. He played 23 minutes which is a little less than normal, but he only had 6 points in that span. A small positive is that had Green collected 10 rebound, but clearly, it did not do much to the overall result.
Marc Gasol- F
As mentioned with Dillon Brooks, leadership is the most important attribute that Marc Gasol possesses. Yes, he is an incredible player affecting the game in so many ways, but especially in these down times, he is important to lead this team as the older star on the roster. This game in Atlanta he did not get the guys ready to play.
As most of the Memphis faithful know by now, Gasol has a different way of leadership as he is sometimes a lone wolf. However, in this team with subpar players, Gasol has to bring up the locker room to be ready to play each night. Not to mention his individual stat line of 8 points and 6 rebounds in only 19 minutes. Bickerstaff took him out early as the game got out of hand quickly.
The only positive of the whole night was Ivan Rabb notching a double-double. As most of this came in garbage time, it is great to see him have 10 points and 11 rebounds. Other than that, there was nowhere to look when the game mattered. Mario Chalmers scored a team-high 13 points, but if 13 points is your top scorer, the game won’t go your way.
Next, the Grizzlies go back home and quickly turn around to face the red-hot Utah Jazz. The Grizzlies will have to forget this game fast. But, it’ll be nice to be back home after a long road trip.