The Memphis Grizzlies came into the night on a 7-game winning streak, looking to tie its franchise record for consecutive wins.
However, they had quite the challenge going up against All-Star level players like Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon and a Defensive Player of the Year candidate in Myles Turner. It wasn’t impossible, but having to play the Pacers on the second night of a back-to-back isn’t ideal.
And we saw why this evening. It was just one of those nights.
The Memphis Grizzlies were on the receiving end of hot shooting starting the game, as the Pacers drilled 3 of their first 3 triples.
The Grizzlies spent the better part of the half trying to play a bit of catch-up. They were keeping it together thanks to Dillon Brooks’ mid-range jumpers and trips to the free throw line. They fell as many as 14, after some a couple of lazy caring of the ball. Ultimately, they were able to rally a bit to trim the lead, once both teams had their benches in.
The Grizzlies ended the first quarter down 37-27.
Hasty take of the quarter - The Grizzlies were clearly affected by traveling overnight and playing their 3rd game in 4 nights after 12 days off.
The Grizzlies offense was fine in the second quarter, but their defense was uncharacteristically bad.
To start with good news, Desmond Bane looked very comfortable as a ball-mover and dribbler, and he continued knocking down 3’s. He still needs work inside the arc, but finishing with 8 points and 4 assists in a half is a nice development.
Bad news, Domantas Sabonis is an absolute beast down low. His trajectory into what he is now is such a fascinating development.
The Grizzlies fell down 71-50 to close the first half, the highest mark they’ve allowed in a half this season.
Hasty take of the quarter - The Grizzlies are very tired.
The second half wasn’t a new half; the Indiana Pacers continued to not miss. More specifically, Jeremy Lamb turned into Bradley Beal all the sudden and lit up Memphis in the second half.
The Grizzlies produced better offensively, scoring 35 points in the quarter. Dillon Brooks really found his rhythm in the third quarter, finding his groove off the dribble and from deep. He even had a nice transition slam too!
They closed the quarter with a 3-shot foul off De’Anthony Melton’s half court heave, as the Grizzlies were down 104-85.
Hasty take of the quarter - Dillon Brooks is a good offensive basketball player after all.
The Memphis Grizzlies weren’t able to build a comeback, as the Pacers’ two-way brilliance continued. We got some cool moments — a John Konchar jam, and an Xavier Tillman poster dunk.
The final score ended up being 134-116 in the Pacers’ favor. Ultimately, the Grizzlies just looked like a team coming off a back-to-back and their 3rd game in 4 nights.
Tune in on Thursday as the Grizzlies return to the FedExForum to take on the Houston Rockets at 8PM CST.