The Memphis Grizzlies, despite flashes of solid play at times, continued their league-leading struggles as they fell to the Utah Jazz 95-78. There were some different aspects to this game (Memphis turned the ball over less than the Jazz, a welcome change), but also more of the same from the struggling Grizzlies (poor shooting and too many fouls committed).
Some quick takeaways from another tough loss for the young bears of Beale Street-
- Young Pac-12 rookies are showing promise for Memphis right now. Dillon Brooks continued his solid scoring from Wednesday night, although he was not as efficient (18 points on 16 shots). Kobi Simmons looked good at times in yet another start with both Mario Chalmers and Andrew Harrison due to various injuries, but of course both Brooks and Simmons are in over their heads. They’re being asked to be too much for a bad Grizzlies team, so grading them on a curve is necessary. How they grow the rest of the season and in to the summer league will be fun to watch.
- Marc Gasol (9 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists) was OK in this one, not in terms of scoring but in terms of his overall production. His leadership continues to help Memphis in a variety of ways. Outside of Gasol, however, the front court struggled in this one. JaMychal Green was 1-7 shooting, and Jarell Martin was a staggering 5-15. When a starter and a key reserve shoot 6-22 from the floor, or when Jarell Martin ever takes 8 more shots than Gasol, you’re probably in for a rough night.
- Shockingly, Ben McLemore was not really bad tonight. 5-11 from the floor, getting to the rim and being aggressive offensively, 2-4 from three...solid stuff, a nice change from the utter horror he has been for much of the season. That signing is still really bad, and he still has pretty big issues defensively and is not much of a facilitator, but perhaps it can even out a bit as he gets more minutes and more comfortable the last 17 or so games of this campaign.
The Memphis Grizzlies are right back at it again Saturday night, as they try to end their miserable streak of losses against the Dallas Mavericks.