Your Memphis Grizzlies had an impressive offensive showing in Brooklyn Monday night, scoring 94 points in three quarters. That was the good part. The bad part was a final 12 minutes where they threw it all away and the Brooklyn Nets took advantage through their three point shooting (16-40 from range) and free throw discrepancy (30-40 for the Nets, 13-20 for Memphis). Poor shooting and decision making on both ends of the floor doomed the Grizzlies as the Nets beat them in Brooklyn 118-115.
Here are some takeaways from the latest road loss for the Grizzlies, this one ending any dreams of a winning streak for Memphis.
- CHANDLER PARSONS HAD A GOOD GAME Y’ALL. He is clearly still on a minutes restriction - he only logged 16 minutes - but in his limited run he scored 13 points and actually looked...dare I say...explosive?
Parsons will almost certainly never live up to the contract he signed two summers ago. That, in the eyes of many, will make his time with the Grizzlies a failure no matter what he does between now and the end of his deal. But for Memphis to have any real hope of bouncing back next season, they need Chandler Parsons to be a productive NBA player for 20-25 minutes a game for 65-ish games next season.
Games like this one keep that hope alive.
- Briante Weber may be trying to get signed for the year, then! Efficient shooting (7-11 from the floor), impressive energy on his way to three steals, an overall solid showing from the most recent 10-day contract signing of the Grizzlies. Weber has been searching for an NBA home for some time now, floating between the Association and the G-League, and while his offensive game is limited he has already shown growth in his game compared to what he was doing the last time he was with the Grizzlies. He should at least get another 10-day deal from Memphis in the coming days when this contract expires.
- The Grizzlies struggle so mightily with finishing games, a tried and true mark of a young and inexperienced team. Memphis was up seven heading in to the fourth quarter, and then the wheels came completely off. There are reasons for this, of course - the continued insistence on playing Jarell Martin at the 3 and the continued insistence on playing Ben McLemore meaningful minutes, for example. In addition, Dillon Brooks had an off night shooting (5-15), and the Grizzlies as a whole lost their shooting stroke in the 4th quarter (8-22 in the final frame). Considering Memphis was winning, the way this game ended was quite disappointing...or exciting, if you’re a fan of the “tank”.
Memphis is back in action on the road Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.