The Memphis Grizzlies were down by as many as 19 tonight as they fell to the Milwaukee Bucks 121-103 at FedExForum. It was a game that had similar storylines to others in this run of defeats - poor defense, some flashes of things to be positive about, but all-around a bad showing by a bad team. This loss added to the Grizzlies losing streak, making Memphis the home of a squad that has lost 18 straight NBA games.
That’s unfortunate. But hey, the end is near. Maybe the Grizzlies will get that #1 lottery spot after all. Here are some quick takeaways-
- The Bucks are not known as an offensive juggernaut. They don’t have some brilliant scheme, or execute at an elite level. They have Giannis Antetokounmpo the superstar, and then Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe as good players, and then flawed/limited guys around them. Yet on this night, the miserable Memphis defense made guys like Brandon Jennings and John Henson look dominant at times. The Greek Freak is gonna get his, and Middleton and Bledsoe are underrated. But the Bucks as a whole shooting as well as they did (57.5% overall, 48% from three with 12 makes) is just bad basketball from the Grizzlies.
- Jarell Martin continues to try his best to show he is an actual NBA player. He had a good showing tonight, despite being put in the (tanky) position of starting on the wing at the “small forward” position. It puts Jarell in a tough spot - he can create mismatches as a stretch four type potentially, but when he is a perimeter player he is the one being exploited. Milwaukee is large on the wing, but they’re also longer and more athletic. Jarell doing as well as he did is a testament to his improvement.
- I am starting to worry about Wayne Selden Jr. He was supposed to be that potential starter heading in to this season, and it seems that injuries have just derailed those hopes as he struggles to get in to a rhythm on both ends of the floor. Xavier Rathan-Mayes is also looking like he may not get re-signed by the Grizzlies, considering his issues in this one (0-5 shooting). 1-12 shooting between the two of them tonight...woof.
On a positive note, no Memphis player played more than 31 minutes in this one and considering they started their 5th string point guard tonight, it could’ve been worse. We’ve seen that quite clearly throughout this losing skid.
The Grizzlies now have a couple of days off. They will take on the Chicago Bulls (a winnable game?) Thursday night in Memphis.