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Grizzlies hang tough but fall to Jazz 107-97

A valiant effort falls just short.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Utah Jazz Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Despite Marc Gasol’s best efforts, the Memphis Grizzlies fell to the Utah Jazz 107-97 in Salt Lake City Friday night. Gasol led the Grizzlies in scoring with 28 points on 12 field goal attempts, including six (!!!) made three point shots. MarShon Brooks led the Grizzlies off the bench with 24 points, continuing his red-hot start to his Grizzlies career. The Jazz were led by Donovan Mitchell’s 22 points, but Utah had five players in double figure scoring wise. That balance was a major reason the Jazz took this game from the Grizzlies.

Memphis had 11 players get at least 10 minutes of playing time in this game, with none of them playing over 30 minutes. Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff continues to emphasize development and evaluation of young talent as games reach crunch time, as Marc Gasol yet again sat out the closing minutes of what was a close game. Marc only played 23 minutes in this game, but through his efforts he showed he still has it. Memphis knows what they have in Gasol - at this stage of the season, where losses are better for the Grizzlies than wins, those crunch time minutes are better spent with the Deyonta Davis and Ivan Rabbs of the world.

Against the Trail Blazers Wednesday it paid off. It did not against the Jazz. Memphis will be in action again on Sunday night in Portland against those same Blazers.