The Grizzlies brought their tankapalooza tour to San Antonio to take on the Spurs, who are in the middle of a surprising 4 game home losing streak. Memphis entered tonight’s game having lost its last 13 straight contests. The injury list seemed about as long as the Grizzlies’ current losing streak, as Kobi Simmons got his 1st NBA start. Xavier Rathan-Mayes made his first appearance after signing a 10-day contract due to the fact that every other point guard for Memphis was sitting out with an injury. How new is Rathan-Mayes, you ask? He is so new that his game jersey didn’t even have his name on it, only a number.
The first quarter started off well for Memphis. They used an 11-2 run to take an early lead over the Spurs. Dillon Brooks was active in the paint early on and was able to convert some tough shots. He had 6 points in the first quarter of play. JaMychal Green was very busy in the first half as well. He had 7 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists at the break. Green was a driving force for Memphis throughout the first half. His strong play really helped Memphis fend off the Spurs for most of the first 2 quarters.
The second quarter was a rough one for San Antonio. Offensively, they were getting a lot of great looks, but their shots just weren’t falling (Memphis fans can sympathize). Defensively they forced Memphis into 9 turnovers but weren’t able to convert most of them into points in regular Spurs-y fashion. Tony Parker was playing like it was 2007. His 13 points lead all scorers at the half, and he was almost single-handedly keeping San Antonio in the game. Memphis at times was able to stretch the lead to as much as eight but couldn’t keep the Spurs from fighting their way back into the game. A Danny Green buzzer-beating three-pointer gave the Spurs a 47-45 lead going into halftime.
The third quarter saw Wayne Selden check in for the first time tonight, as Parsons’ minutes are still restricted. Memphis was bombs away for most of the quarter. Threes from Brooks, Gasol, Simmons, and Green kept the game close despite the Grizzlies’ inability to stop giving the ball away. Brooks and Simmons really took charge of the offense in the third, which wasnice to see from two rookies who weren’t really expected to see much playing time this season. Atta boy, Dillon. Your biggest fan believes in you.
The fourth quarter was a back and forth affair until the trio of Tony Parker, Kyle Anderson and Davis Bertans took over the game. Turnovers and missed opportunities on both ends of the floor put the game further out of reach for Memphis. Gasol hit a tough shot with .3 seconds remaining, but the game was already out of hand.
Apparently the last shot was ruled a two. 100-98 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯#MEMvSAS— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) March 6, 2018
The final score was 100-98 as the Spurs got the win over Grizzlies. If you want Memphis to lose as many games as possible in the hopes of securing a top=3 pick, then everything is going according to plan. And while I want Memphis to try to improve its chances of drafting no. 1 overall this summer, it would have been nice to see the Grizzlies’ longest losing streak this season come to end against a bitter rival.