The Grizzlies came into New Orleans to face a Pelicans team that is desperately trying to put an end to a four game losing streak while simultaneously clinging to the final playoff spot in the West. Memphis comes in trying to get a win on the road, they’ve lost 19 of their last 20 away from home.
As it has been all year, the injury list for Memphis seemed to be made up of half the team, with Wayne Selden, JaMychal Green, Andrew Harrison, Chandler Parsons and obviously Mike Conley not taking part in the contest. This lead to a Memphis starting lineup of Gasol, Ben McLemore, Dillon Brooks, Kobi SImmons and Jarell Martin.
The first quarter started off very Memphis-like as the Grizzlies turned the ball over three straight times and quickly found themselves down by ten points before they had made their first basket. Despite the early deficit, the Grizz went to work and started to chip away at New Orleans’ lead, getting it down to four at it’s lowest. Ivan Rabb came into the game, immediately making an impact, scoring six in the quarter. After one the score was 32-23 New Orleans.
The law firm of Brooks and Brooks found some success in the second quarter, MarShon hit back-to-back threes and finished the quarter with 11 points, while Dillon scored six straight to help Memphis fight their way back into the game, although the combination of Anthony Davis and E’Twaun Moore continued to torch the Grizzlies. The duo combined for 39 of the Pelicans’ 65 first half points and are the only scorers in double figures for the Pellies.
The first half was one to forget for Marc Gasol, he finished the first half with more fouls than points by a count of three to zero, including a technical foul at the end of the half for angrily spiking the ball after getting called for an offensive foul. The score at the half was 65-53 in favor of New Orleans.
The third quarter started off just as poorly for Memphis as the first one, midway through the period Memphis had only scored six points. Foul trouble started to become an issue for the Grizz, Ben McLemore was up to four and Jarell had five. Unfortunately for Memphis, most of the third quarter was Bad News Bears. The Grizz were up to 16 turnovers and the deficit was 21 at it’s highest and entering the fourth it was 97-73 to the Pelicans.
Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, New Orleans caught on fire in the fourth and the deficit climbed up to 32 at most. Anthony Davis and E’Twaun Moore combined for 58 points to bury the Grizzlies, who spent most of the night just playing whoever they wanted in a continued attempt to see what they really have in this group of young guys.
One thing it does seem that Memphis has is MarShon Brooks. He finished with a team-high 25 points and 6 assists. Over three games he has averaged over 21 points per game and shown that he can flat out score. He can hit threes, drive the lane, hit mid-range shots. The dude can do it all. Brooks has shown that he can belongs in the NBA and the Grizzlies should consider themselves lucky to have unearthed this gem.
Rabb also looked good tonight, scoring 16 points to go with 7 rebounds. He proved tonight that he can score in a multitude of ways and if he can bulk up, he can develop into a serious player. It was a night to forget for Marc Gasol, as he finished the game with a grand total of zero points, the third scoreless night of his career. He just never got going and it would do him well to put this game behind him.
Final score: Pelicans 125, Grizzlies 93