The Memphis Grizzlies, coming off of two bitter losses to start this west coast road trip in Sacramento and Los Angeles (Lakers), were still in Los Angeles for a meeting with the Clippers. Two teams hungry for victory, two teams battling for playoff positioning. Who would come out victorious at Staples Center on Monday night?
The first quarter wasn’t the worst first quarter of the season, but it was ugly for the Memphis Grizzlies on so many levels. The Clippers’ defense was easy, because Memphis’ offense seemed to have little to no direction and ran late into the shot clock.
Memphis only dropped 14 points, and the Clippers scored 40 first quarter points.
First quarter recap: pic.twitter.com/P5IUhC1OwR— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) February 25, 2020
The Grizzlies second quarter was a lot like the first quarter with a little more scoring. Memphis’ had several more buckets in the second quarter, but that turned into swapping baskets with the Clippers.
Despite having a little better quarter offensively, the Grizzlies trailed the Clippers 66-37 after two quarters in Los Angeles. Memphis shot 31 percent from the field and turned the ball over ten times in that first half.
The Grizzlies played their third quarter similar to the last two losses. Memphis gets down by a significant amount, only to show a fight on both ends of the floor in the third frame. Memphis cut a Clippers 31 point lead down to 24 after three quarters.
Memphis outscored Los Angeles 29-24 in the third quarter and trailed 90-66 headed to the final quarter.
Grizzlies cut the Clippers lead to 24 in that third quarter... if this plays out like the last two games, we are setup for a heartbreaking ending... somehow. pic.twitter.com/oWRZRONfUP— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) February 25, 2020
The fourth quarter, the Grizzlies just finally let the effort go, and it was all eyes on saving this road trip in Houston on Wednesday. Five minutes into the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies rolled out the “white flag” lineup to finish their time in Los Angeles.
The Memphis Grizzlies would fall to the Los Angeles Clippers by a score of 124-97 at Staples Center.
Ja Morant: 16 pts, 7/13 FG
Josh Jackson: 14 pts, 5 reb, 4/12 FG
The Memphis Grizzlies will look to end their three game losing streak on Wednesday night in Houston as the Grizzlies take on the Rockets.