There really isn't words to explain a Memphis Grizzlies defense giving up 132 points in regulation. Quite frankly the starters got run out the gym.
Look I am not shocked one bit that the Grizz lost this game. If you know the Grizzlies, this is a game they typically drop. They beat the Utah Jazz, a team they probably shouldn't have, and lost this game to a team they didn't need to lose to in hopes of conveying.
Let’s just jump right in with the grades and get this over with:
Just look at these +/- for the starting lineup:
Mike Conley - 21
Avery Bradley -27
Justin Holiday -21
Ivan Rabb -16
Jonas Valanciunas -24
This group for whatever reason came out of the gates and fell flat on their faces. It’s almost as if they came out with the thought they could walk through Atlanta and get a dub with ease and the Hawks were ready to punch someone in the mouth.
These guys got shown up in every way and outside of Mike Conley scoring 20, did little to contribute in this game.
This unit as a whole gets an F+ (+ is because Mike scored 20).
The Bench Crew
Joakim Noah, while a -4 on the night did pitch in 12 points 8 rebounds and 5 assists which is still impressive for a bench guy who wasn't on an NBA roster to begin the season. Grade: B
Chandler Parsons should've stayed in LA. Someone more optimistic about his play would say he is struggling. I am saying he's done. The dude can barely walk on the basketball court these days let a lone be productive. He should switch to throwing darts because he would be deadly accurate throwing line drives with no arc. Grade: F
Delon Wright and Bruno Caboclo were both +’s in the box score but didn't really have a huge impact on the game overall. Wright had 10 points and 7 assists which in Grizzlies back up point guard standards is legendary, but its a down tick from his recent play and 33% shooting deserves nothing more than a grade of C.
The only bright spot on the night was the play of CJ Miles. He matched his third highest career scoring game and second most threes he has hit in a game. He also tied for second in Grizzlies history for points off the bench and threes made off the bench. If CJ hadn't been in the zone for his 33 points, the Grizzlies might have lost by 40. Grade: A