The Memphis Grizzlies have had quite the past two days, it has been nothing short of insane. They lost to the Detroit Pistons (a terrible loss), Garrett Temple and Omri Casspi got into a altercation after the game in the locker room, and the day after that they make a trade. They send MarShon Brooks, Wayne Selden Jr. and two second round picks to the Chicago Bulls for Justin Holiday. Meanwhile the Brooklyn Nets have been playing some pretty good basketball as of late even if that has not resulted in wins. The Grizzlies did not get the trade completed in time so they were without Justin Holiday for the night as well.
The Grizzlies started out strong with Mike Conley scoring the first basket and Jaren Jackson Jr scoring 8 points in just five minutes of action. Mike Conley also continued to make up for his lack of points in the loss on Wednesday by putting in 9 points in the first quarter. Since the roster was pretty limited because of the trade, Dillon Brooks and JaMychal Green were the first guys off the bench tonight for the Grizzlies. Jaren Jackson continued to make a difference defensively as the Nets turned it over twice in a row after driving to the basket and passing it out of bounds after seeing Jaren Jackson Jr at the rim. The game was all tied up at 26 a piece after one quarter.
The second quarter started with a Jevon Carter sighting off the bench and he immediately came into the game and made an impact. Carter forced three turnovers by the Nets in only three minutes but also raised the defensive intensity of the whole team. Although he proved a spark for the Grizzlies off the bench, they were still down two points mid way through the second quarter. Once the starters came back into the game, things started to change, Marc Gasol scored 5 straight and got the Grizzlies a one point lead. The Nets did not much outside of D’Angelo Russell but he had 16 points for them in the first half which helped them to a one point lead at halftime 48-47.
Grizzlies played better on offense to start the third quarter, but still could not contain the Nets. In the third quarter it was the Nets driving to the basket that was causing problems for the Grizzlies. In the second half Russell cooled off but they still had problems with Jarrett Allen and Joe Harris. Jaren Jackson Jr. was subbed out early in the third quarter and after starting out great on offense the Grizzlies stumbled at the end of the quarter. The Nets took a four point lead into the fourth quarter.
The lineup changed as soon as the fourth quarter started with the Grizzlies coming back with the starters and Jevon Carter instead of Garrett Temple. However the Grizzlies could not stay out of foul trouble, defending with their hands instead of their feet, getting very close to the bonus just four minutes in the fourth. The Grizzlies were overpassing on offense, passing up good looks to try and get better ones, only to miss shots multiple possessions in a row. The Grizzlies defense down the stretch of the four quarter was awful and the Nets players were getting easy layups every trip down the floor. The Grizzlies lose their fourth straight game to the Nets, 109-100.
- Jaren Jackson Jr makes a difference even when he isn’t blocking shots by just being the game defensively. The Nets threw the ball away twice in a row after seeing him at the rim and passing out of shots.
- Jevon Carter is really good at defense. He came into the game and forced three turnovers in three minutes for the Grizzlies.
- D’Angelo Russell is good at basketball.