The Memphis Grizzlies returned home to FedExForum on Saturday night following a Thursday night victory against the Charlotte Hornets. For Memphis, Saturday would be a showdown against the Atlanta Hawks, and also a night of rest. Memphis’ starting five would be OUT at FedExForum.
.@memgrizz status report, Oct. 9 vs. @ATLHawks:— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) October 8, 2021
S. Adams - Rest
K. Anderson - Rest
D. Brooks - RT thigh soreness
K. Dunn - Dental procedure
J. Jackson Jr. - Rest
S. McDermott - RT patellar tendinopathy
S. Merrill - LT ankle sprain
J. Morant - Rest
K. Tillie - Back soreness
The Memphis Grizzlies rolled out a starting lineup of: Tyus Jones, Desmond Bane, De’Anthony Melton, Brandon Clarke, and Xavier Tillman. Memphis got off to a solid start on both ends of the floor. Memphis didn’t particularly shoot the three ball well in the first quarter, but Brandon Clarke stood out, which was needed for the third year Grizzly as he hit a top of the arc three, and rotated well defensively for Memphis. Clarke had five points, two rebounds, and one assists. Memphis led Atlanta 22-21 after one quarter at FedExForum.
Riding a one point lead heading into the second quarter, Memphis continued to muddy up the game for the Hawks. Memphis forced nine first half turnovers, and Santi Aldama, Memphis’ second first round pick, looked really comfortable in the Grizzlies offensive sets. Aldama looked more fluid in the first half than he did all of Summer League. Aldama led all scorers with nine first half points. Memphis led the Hawks 40-37 in a low scoring affair.
40-37 Grizzlies lead the Hawks at FedEx Forum. A lot of positives for Memphis, primarily Clarke, Aldama, and Zaire Williams. Williams only has two points, but his activity has been phenomenal.— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) October 10, 2021
A higher paced third quarter saw Memphis shoot the ball better from beyond the arc. Desmond Bane continued his impressive preseason showing with 18 points through three quarters. Memphis and Atlanta raised their scoring in the third quarter as well, as Memphis held a 27-24 advantage in that third quarter. The Grizzlies and the Hawks were locked into a slug fest heading to the fourth quarter tied at 64 a piece.
The Grizzlies held a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, but the Hawks made a huge run towards the end of the fourth quarter. Overall, the Hawks just had more ammunition to come back late in the fourth, as Memphis only scored three points in the final four minutes. Rest was the goal for Memphis tonight, as they would fall to the Hawks 91-87 at FedEx Forum.
The Grizzlies will be back in action on Monday night as they’ll take on the Detroit Pistons in Preseason action.