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Report Card: Grizzlies drop 3rd straight

The Memphis Grizzlies dropped their third straight game in their opener of their three game road trip against the Utah Jazz. How did the Grizzlies grade out?

Memphis Grizzlies v Utah Jazz Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

The Memphis Grizzlies had hopes of ending their two game losing streak, the Utah Jazz had plans of their own to end a three game losing streak of their own. Memphis won the first quarter, and seemed to be clicking early. The Grizzlies were capitalizing on all of the things that Utah had struggled with over their last three games.

Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, Utah woke up, and when the Jazz woke up, it seemed that they took three games of frustration out on the Grizzlies for the next three quarters. Utah outscored the Grizzlies in the second, third and fourth quarters handing Memphis their third straight loss.

Now, let’s see how some of the Grizzlies graded out:

Grayson Allen- B

Greyson Allen has been good since returning from a right ankle injury that had him sidelined for a handful of games. Against the Jazz Allen continued a streak of solid outings. Allen had 13 points, on 6/9 shooting, and was a +7 in 25 minutes of game action.

It seems like Allen does all of the small things right defensively. While his offense is a work in progress, Allen is a steady hand off the bench for the Grizzlies defensively, and his offensive production is getting better and better each outing. Grayson is learning his spots, and learning not to force anything. This season is about progressing, and Allen was better tonight at finding his spots, and being there defensively for the Grizzlies even in a blowout loss.

Memphis Grizzlies v Utah Jazz Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

Jaren Jackson Jr. - B+

I know what you’re thinking - “26 points isn’t worthy of an A?!” It is, but several things kept me from giving Triple-J an ‘A’ in Saturday night’s loss. The first thing was Jackson’s inconsistency after a hot start. You could say it was on the coaching staff, or even his teammates that looked the other direction after his hot first half, but either way it’s a team loss.

Seeing Jaren produce 26 points so quietly is honestly exciting for when he hits his full potential as an NBA player. It seems like it is coming easier for Jaren, now he has to conquer the consistency part of the game, and not give the ball up when in the post being guarded by a smaller guy.

Tonight that happened several times, but Jackson will learn with more practice, and losses like this one where he produced a good amount, but could have been even more if he and his teammates would’ve ridden his hot hand early.

Memphis Grizzlies v Utah Jazz Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

Jonas Valanciunas - D

Not a very good night for Jonas at all. Valanciunas picked up three fouls in the first seven minutes of game action forcing him out of an early rhythm, and on to the bench. Despite dropping 10 points, Valanciunas turned the ball over three times, and wasn’t the defensive rock that was needed last night.

Valanciunas, along with each Grizzly big was picked apart by the Jazz in the screen and roll game. It seemed that Valanciunas was one step off when guarding the screen and roll, and looked interested everywhere else but in the game last night.

Memphis Grizzlies v Utah Jazz Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

Dillon Brooks- D

Before the game it wasn’t for sure if we would see Dillon Brooks on Saturday night due to a right shoulder injury, and looking back he should’ve just rested. Brooks had arguably one of his worst nights this season. Brooks finished with 10 points, on 4/9 shooting, in only 22 minutes.

Brooks’ competitive level is a blessing and also a curse - we saw both sides Saturday night. Forcing the issue on several break opportunities for Memphis with early threes and just not looking for the best shot. Brooks will have better nights, but his defense even seemed off tonight which just isn’t normal by his standards.

The Bench: C

The bench unit had a decent first quarter showing against the Jazz, but after that it seemed like the bench unit threw all of their basketball morals away. The Grizzlies stopped passing the ball, and when they passed it, it seemed to be a turnover.

Memphis’ bench unit looked really young and inexperienced Saturday night, and we can say that we don’t see them act like that too often. The Grizzlies bench has been the most consistent part of the team this season, and outscored Utah’s bench unit 44-40 in Saturday’s night’s loss.

The Grizzlies take on the Golden State Warriors Monday night in San Francisco as they try to avoid their third straight loss.