The Memphis Grizzlies have lost 5 straight as they came back home to start a 5 game home stand. They were looking for a change, it has been a tough stretch for them losing over the weekend to the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors, but were looking to change that against a New Orleans Pelicans team without Anthony Davis. They played in a nationally televised game on a day that was bigger than basketball.
The game started off well, with Marc Gasol going 3-4 from the field and dropping in a quick 7 points to give the Grizzlies an early 5 point lead. Mike Conley, Jaren Jackson Jr., Garrett Temple, and Justin Holiday all got into the offense scoring early. Jaren Jackson Jr. got hit with two fouls early and was taken out of the game, but Marc Gasol and company continued their hot shooting through most of the first quarter shooting 50% for the most of the first. Jevon Carter and Ivan Rabb got early calls off the bench as well largely due to injuries and the Grizzlies missing Joakim Noah (away from the team for personal reasons). It was announced during the first quarter that Omri Casspi would not play in the game due to illness. Grizzlies led it by 7 points after the first quarter thanks to a step back thee pointer by Mike Conley, but all three of the bigs for the Grizzlies had two fouls each.
The second quarter started with an unusual lineup for the Grizzlies including Jevon Carter, Ivan Rabb, and Yuta Watanabe playing all at the same time. The Grizzlies were able to turn the Pelicans over and get a few fast break points to extend their lead to 7 points after the Pelicans had cut into in the first part of the second quarter. Jaren Jackson Jr. was also able to dunk on Nikola Mirotic and it was amazing to see. Mike Conley and Marc Gasol continued to lead this Grizzlies team, taking 11 of their 19 shots most of the way through the second quarter. Mike and Marc would not be enough as they let Jahlil Okafor score 13 points and 7 rebounds in just 20 minutes through the first half, allowing the Pelicans to lead by 4 going into halftime.
The Grizzlies came back from halftime with a little back and forth until Marc Gasol was able to score and get the foul called, while Justin Holiday hit a three on a fast break the next possession to give the Grizzlies a one point lead. The Pelicans came right back after a timeout to get take another four point advantage because the Grizzlies committed silly turnovers in the third quarter. The Grizzlies continued to turn the ball over and over and found themselves down quickly to the Pelicans by 14 points at the end of the third quarter.
Grizzlies started the fourth quarter where they ended the third, with a turnover. After that the Grizzlies were down by 23 in the blink of an eye and the game was over, yet with seven minutes left to play Marc Gasol and Mike Conley were still on the court trying to come back. If the Grizzlies are going to lose, at least try and get something positive out of it by getting your young guys some extended run.
Grizzlies will drop to just 1-12 over their last thirteen games and inch significantly closer to keep their first round pick this year.
- Jaren Jackson Jr. is a beast. He needs to be shooting the ball as much as he wants. Every single game.
- When Mike and Marc are playing well, and they were in the game at halftime. These things are related.
- Defense. Still non existent.