The Memphis Grizzlies came back home on Wednesday night looking to get back on the right side of .500 after losing to Houston over the weekend. They faced the Detroit Pistons team that have had their own struggles as of late but a team the Grizzlies could very much beat especially on their home floor. The Pistons are 1-5 in their last six games and coming off a back to back loss to the Milwaukee Bucks last night.
Defense was the name of the game to start for the Memphis Grizzlies, we were also treated to a rare Jaren Jackson Jr. and Kyle Anderson pick and roll which resulted in free throws for the young rookie. In the first four minutes of the game 4 of the 5 Grizzlies starters had already scored at least one basket. The Grizzlies played more on offense with Kyle Anderson running the offense than they have all year, and it worked really well. The defense of the Grizzlies relaxed in the second part of the quarter leading to some open looks from three, the Pistons were able to knock down 5 of them which helped them take the lead after one quarter by two points.
The second quarter started like the first one ended, allowing open looks from three to let the Pistons quickly push the lead out 6 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. came into the game and immediately helped turn the game around with an offensive rebound for points and then a three pointer on the very next possession. It was a back and forth second quarter with the Pistons continuing to hit threes to keep them in the game with the Grizzlies leading by two at halftime. Mike Conley did not score at all in the first half and only took one shot.
Both teams came out from halftime missing a lot of shots, the Pistons missed every three took to start the third quarter, and the Grizzlies did not have much luck either. The Pistons didn’t stay cold for long as they hit a free throw and a three pointer to get right back in the game. The Grizzlies offense struggled to start the second half and they didn’t score a bucket until 6:45 left in the quarter after Garrett Temple hit one free throw. Jaren Jackson Jr. was able to get the lead back for the Grizzlies after three straight possessions of scoring for the rookie. The Grizzlies could not muster enough offense to keep up with the Pistons and trailed by
The Grizzlies started the fourth quarter going very small with JaMychal Green at the center position, which id not work out well for them at all. Jaren Jackson Jr. came back into the fourth quarter pretty early and immediately scored and got a foul call to go along with it. Luke Kennard hit back to back three’s in the fourth quarter putting the Pistons up five with just over four minutes left in the game. It was a sequence the Grizzlies would never be able to come back from, losing to the Pistons 101-94.
- Kyle Anderson the point guard looks great, the Grizzlies need to use him more in this situation to keep him even more effective while he is on the floor.
- Jaren Jackson Jr. was the best player on the floor for the Grizzlies through the first half of the game.
- Mike Conley made it through the first half of the game with one shot attempt, one assists, and no points and the Grizzlies still had a four point lead.
- Mike Conley was clearly hurt throughout the game icing his shoulder on the bench most of the game and really struggling.