The Memphis Grizzlies entered last night’s contest losers of four straight and 9 out of 11 overall. What a better place to play to try and break out of a slump than in San Antonio, right? The Memphis Grizzlies were 6-29 all time on the road in San Antonio, so the odds of a bounce back game on the second night of a back to back in Texas, were never in their favor.
The Grizzlies came out of the gate with a little pep in their step taking a seven point lead. Unfortunately, in what seems like protocol, the Grizzlies watched that lead diminish to a two point deficit at the end of the first quarter. Mike Conley had 10 points, but he had to sit down and rest at some point.
Memphis, for some reason, always will have THAT quarter. You know what quarter I am talking about. The one where they just can't score. The one where the other team just takes control of the game. Well tonight, it was the second quarter. The Grizz failed to score 20 points while the Spurs almost scored 40, leading to a 22 point half time deficit.
The Grizzlies got the lead down to 14 at one point in the third, holding the Spurs to 24 points in the quarter. The problem was that Memphis only scored 22, allowing San Antonio to extend their lead two more points.
In the fourth, a lineup of Jevon Carter, Dillon Brooks, Justin Holiday, JaMychal Green, and Jaren Jackson Jr. brought the game within 9 points, forcing the Spurs to reenter their starters to close out the game. Being the second night of a back to back, tired legs began to show and the guys could muster a come back no longer. San Antonio finished the game out with a 20 point win, 108-88.
Key Factors and Tough Thoughts
- The Grizz have thrived recently feeding Jaren Jackson Jr. early and often. Although this has been the type of match that Jaren has gotten into foul trouble early, JJJ held Rudy Gay in check. On the offensive end, the team SHOULD HAVE exploited that mismatch every time down, but Jaren didn't see the ball much until the third quarter. The kid just came off a 19 point game, has continued to prove himself, yet remains to be a featured piece when its needed.
- IT HAPPENED. I repeat, it happened. Jevon Carter finally got Shelvin Mack’s minutes. He did look like a rookie at times, but he brings a different energy to this team and offers so much more potential on both ends of the floor. This should be the mainstay from this point on, but it probably won't be.
- This game was a microcosm of Garrett Temple’s season. Awesome start, crash and burn after that. Temple came out scoring the first 5 points of the game, including a three point make. Made you think he was about to have a good night when we needed it most. Wrong. He hit one of his next nine shots finishing 3-11.
- Dillon Brooks was leading the comeback charge in the fourth until he had to leave the game with 5 minutes remaining with another injury. Grizzlies PR claimed he could've returned so lets hope that is the case.