Well, that was a very unfortunate game.
If you’re a fan of the Atlanta Hawks, you’re ecstatic. Your young core shined, Trae Young and John Collins look like legitimate future starts, and the future is as bright as can be realistically expected.
For the Memphis Grizzlies and their fans?
A swift, strong, dose of reality.
One game does not make or break a race to convey. But in the realm of small sample sizes, three game winning streaks do not mean all the problems are solved. This Grizzlies team is still very flawed, and if the energy doesn’t match up with the game plan from coaching that lack of talent can be very, very evident...even against a team supposedly “worse” than Memphis.
Some quick takeaways from a gross, gross game if you’re a Grizzlies fan-
- Trae Young wins this round. In today’s preview I wrote about how Young vs. Conley round one was a win for the Conductor. Tonight? Trae Young was the victor. 22 points, 8 assists, +25...he was truly impressive. Atlanta could’ve had Luka Doncic, but Trae Young and an additional 1st to use, or trade for a better player/future picks, is a very, very suitable consolation prize.
- C.J Miles had a night. 33 points off the bench with eight (!!!) made threes helped C.J. post a pretty remarkable stat line that didn’t help the Grizzlies very much. Even more impressive than the hot shooting of Miles is the poor shooting of his teammates - if it weren’t for Miles, the Grizzlies would have shot 36.9% from the floor. It’s hard to win a game when you only have three scorers in double figures - Miles, Conley (20), and Joakim Noah (12). Not a recipe for success.
- Atlanta was feeling it. The Hawks shot 51% from the field after taking 103 shots. They had six players in double figures in scoring, and won the rebounding battle 51-35. I could go on and on...but here’s some very true and real analysis. Sometimes you just get your ass kicked...tonight, the Grizzlies got their ass kicked. The Hawks were better in every facet of the game.
Memphis has a couple days to lick their wounds before their next game, a Saturday night showdown in Washington D.C. with the Wizards.