The Memphis Grizzlies headed in to New Orleans riding a four game winning streak while missing several guys due to suspension and injuries. Oh, and Ja Morant and Zion Williamson would matchup for the first time. Could Memphis escape New Orleans with a dub?
The first quarter was all New Orleans through the first six minutes. Memphis trailed the Pelicans 16-7 at the six minute mark. The Grizzlies just struggled in all areas to score the basketball, and lock down defensively. The Grizzlies would end the first quarter allowing the Pelicans to shoot 56% from the field, and trailed New Orleans 31-22 after one quarter.
The Grizzlies continued to struggle with the size of the Pelicans. Lacking depth with the absence of Jaren Jackson Jr. (suspension) and Brandon Clarke (injury), the Grizzlies lacking the depth to guard the Pelicans big men. Memphis was losing the rebound battle 20-13 to the Pelicans and still trailing 42-58 with 5:37 remaining in the first half.
After trailing by as much as 16, the Grizzlies started getting defensive stop. Stops, the led to transition buckets, which is how the Grizzlies live. Memphis would cut the Pelicans lead to on six at the half. The Grizzlies would head into halftime trailing the Pelicans 66-59.
The Memphis Grizzlies head into the locker room at the half after trialing by as many as 16. Memphis trails New Orleans 66-59. Grizzlies ended the first half on a positive note. Grizzlies should be confident coming out in the second half.— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) February 1, 2020
The Grizzlies third quarter? Memphis came out of the locker rooms following a solid finish to the first half laid the biggest egg ever in the third quarter. Memphis gave up 44 points to the Pelicans, and it seemed New Orleans was running circles around Memphis throughout the entire third quarter.
New Orleans outscored the Grizzlies 44-27 in that third quarter, as Memphis trailed the Pelicans 110-86 headed to the fourth.
The fourth quarter Grizzlies Head Coach Taylor Jenkins sent the “white flag” unit after four minutes in the fourth quarter. It seemed like the Grizzlies would set their sights on bouncing back on Monday night against Detroit.
The Grizzlies would end up falling to the Pelicans by a final score of 139-111 in New Orleans.
Jonas Valanciunas: 18 points, 8 rebounds, 8/13 FG
Ja Morant: 16 points, 3 rebounds
Jae Crowder: 15 points, 5 rebounds
The Memphis Grizzlies will look to bounce back on Monday night as the team is back home to take on the Detroit Pistons.