The first quarter the Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors would start off rather rocky. Turnovers, and inconsistent shooting from both sides would lead to a low scoring first quarter. Memphis would hold the three-point advantage (7/13) heading into the second quarter. While, Toronto struggled to hit a three-point shot (1/10) as the Grizzlies led 25-20 at the end of one in Orlando.
Eight assists on nine baskets? Seven made threes? Not sustainable...but it led to the start they needed. Ball movement and activity cutting to the rim must continue - don’t settle for threes when an extra pass could get you a much higher percentage opportunity— Joe Mullinax (@JoeMullinax) August 9, 2020
The Toronto Raptors are one of the better defensive teams in the NBA in terms of defending the three point shot from their opponents. Memphis was able to get going in that first quarter, but in the second quarter, the Raptors would turn up their intensity. The Grizzlies would trail by as much as 11 in the second quarter, but thanks to several consecutive threes Memphis was within 6 of the Raptors at the half where the Raptors led 60-54.
END OF HALF— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) August 9, 2020
Grayson Allen - 13 points
Ja - 10 points, 4 assists
Brandon Clarke - 8 points, 3 rebounds
De'Anthony Melton - 6 points, 2 steals
Dillon Brooks would continue with his supreme confidence on both ends of the floor. Key word there is confidence, and not success from both ends. Dillon being in his own head hurt Memphis to start the second half as he continued to force things on the offensive end. Another thing that hurt Memphis, was Toronto’s defensive intensity in the third quarter.
Doubling Jonas Valanciunas in the post, forcing passes back out to the three point line, it looked as if Memphis couldn’t find an open shot. Outscored 28-17 in the third quarter, the Raptors led the Grizzlies 88-71 heading into the fourth quarter.
Lowry at the buzzer...— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) August 9, 2020
End of 3rd
Toronto - 89
Grizz - 71
Allen - 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 3s
Brooks - 13 points, 6-19 shooting
Clarke - 12 points, 7 rebounds
Ja - 11 points, 7 assists
JV - 9 rebounds
Melton - 6 points, 4 steals
The fourth quarter, the Grizzlies would make a run at the Raptors 17 point lead. The Grizzlies would cut the Raptors lead to five at one point, but once the Raptors starters returned, they would put the nail on the coffin. With each Grizzlies score, Pascal Siakam would drill a three from the top of they key.
The Grizzlies would fall to the Raptors by a score of 108-99 on Sunday afternoon. The Grizzlies will be back in action on Tuesday at 5:30 P.M. CT as they take on the Boston Celtics.