Marc Gasol gave the best acting job he could on that final play, but it just wasn't enough.
Down by 4, he threw up a prayer that was answered from beyond the arc, but it came without a foul included. The Grizzlies lost their 14th straight, this time to the San Antonio Spurs 100-99. Memphis battled throughout this one, keeping it close most of the night. However, they slipped down the stretch and the Spurs took advantage.
Even with the situation being what it is for Memphis, it is never fun to lose to these guys from San Antonio. It is the harshest reality check when a rivalry is no more, at least for this year. However, with Phoenix losing, the Grizz loss hopefully doesn’t sting as much since Memphis held on to the top lottery spot.
This was slower paced than we are used to seeing most nights. The Grizzlies just did not have the constant firepower to stick with the Spurs. San Antonio played their classic game. They won the fouls and turnover battle and won by one.
Now, on to team grades
Kobi Simmons- B
Not the worst of games for Kobi Simmons. He got his first start in the NBA and made the most of his opportunity. He played 26 minutes and scord 13 points. Simmons shot 60% from the field and gave a glimpse into who he could be on a starting lineup. He showed a little shake and bake some of the night and only had one turnover. While he is still very, very raw if he can take this experience going forward, it will be fun to watch his development.
Dillon Brooks- B+
The Rook had himself a great game scoring the ball. Brooks played 35 minutes and scored 21 points Monday night. He was only one point away from tying his career high. Brooks has been the best story of the Grizzlies this season. A second round pick who is now a young constant piece for this roster. He will be someone who Grizzlies fans will adore throughout his Memphis career.
Chandler Parsons- C-
Yea, that Chandler Parsons. It is still weird seeing him back into the starting lineup, but there are not very many other options. Parsons was limited tonight only playing 15 minutes going 1-4 shooting scoring 2 points. At least he is on the court I guess, but it is nothing too strenuous for him. He had a chance to James Harden Kyle Anderson, but, of course, he missed the shot short. Wayne Selden actually came in for Parsons to the start of the second half.
Chandler Parsons does his best James Harden impression.— Jonathan Louis May (@jmay11) March 6, 2018
It’s about as good as my Christopher Walken impression, unfortunately. pic.twitter.com/T1B1M6H3iV
JaMychal Green- B+
JaMychal Green has taken a step up to the next level for these Grizzlies during this season. Monday night he had 14 points and 15 rebounds, while also adding 5 sneaky assists. It’s his 6th consecutive double-double. This is one of his best all-around games. JaM just looks to be giving it harder than most of the team night in, night out. And it really stands out on this down team. I'm glad he is finally showing his skills consistently.
Marc Gasol- B+
Another solid Marc game. He was the high Grizzly scorer with 23 points while adding 10 rebounds. Marc dominated the paint throughout the game. Defensively, him and JaMychal controlled LaMarcus Aldridge to only 7 points which is a great takeaway. We never like seeing Gasol lose games, but these are the ones that a good amount of people contributed and just came up short.
The Bench- C
The debut of Xavier Rathan Mayes was a positive one as he put up 8 points in 26 minutes. With the Grizzlies having a thin roster, he will definitely get a chance on this team.
Ivan Rabb contributed with 15 solid minutes hitting all three of his shots for 6 points and 6 rebounds. Also, a defensive shoutout to Myke Henry with 4 steals Monday. All these guys have different nights to shine, but any improvements makes the constant losing a little worth it.
Next on the schedule is the Chicago Bulls in the Windy City on Wednesday. One can only imagine what roster Coach Bickerstaff will throw out there against another tanking contender.