WHERE: FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee
WHEN: 7:00 PM CT
HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: FOX Sports Southeast/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis
MEMPHIS- Deyonta Davis (Questionable, knees), Mike Conley (Out, heel), Chandler Parsons (Out, knee)
UTAH- Dante Exum (Out, shoulder), Thabo Sefolosha (Out, knee)
MEMPHIS- Andrew Harrison, Wayne Selden Jr., Dillon Brooks, JaMychal Green, Marc Gasol
UTAH- Ricky Rubio, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert
This is usually the part of the preview where I or another one of our terrific GBB writers says something about the Grizzlies and how things are going for them. We talk about current trends, recent games, and compare that with the opposition for the night.
This time the preview is a bit different. I am not doing that here. Because the Grizzlies played like hot garbage last night. And that result does not deserve to be mentioned outside of this reference.
So let’s jump right in. The Jazz are better than the Grizzlies, but struggle on the road. Memphis has a shot if they play the way they had the ten games prior to the disaster masquerading as a basketball game in Atlanta.
Here’s how to do it.
Let Marc be the guard he always wanted to be
Marc Gasol has always wanted to be a point guard, at least in terms of how he wants the offense to run. Life would be so much easier if he could just orchestrate offense from the beginning. At this stage of the season, with where Memphis is as a team heading in to the trade deadline tomorrow, why not let him be that guy a little more, like Blake Griffin in Detroit? It would be a good game to experiment with that as well, because it would bring superior rim protector Rudy Gobert or another big with size in Derrick Favors away from the rim, helping the Seldens and Ennis III’s of the world slash to the basket.
Maybe don’t have him bring the ball up the court. But Marc on the perimeter should be more effective for the team as a whole tonight than him in the post.
PROTECT. THE. BASKETBALL.
The Grizzlies had 25 turnovers last night. They will never win a game where that happens. If they do not value possessions, this won’t be a contest. The Jazz are much better than the Hawks. It’s that simple.
Told you this preview was gonna be different.
The good news for the Grizzlies is it may be impossible to play worse than they did last night. But the bad (if you want Memphis to win) news is the Jazz are better, getting healthy, and have more talent than the Grizzlies do. If Memphis had Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons at the peak of their powers, and weren’t in the process of shipping Tyreke Evans out of town, Memphis would be the pick here.
Marc Gasol and what remains of this Grizzlies roster isn’t equipped to beat the Jazz. Expect a spirited effort to try to do better than the last time out, but also expect for it to fall short.
Utah 103, Memphis 96