The Memphis Grizzlies traveled to Oklahoma City for a brunch special. The Thunder were on the second day of a back to back down Al Horford and Lu Dort plus losing the hour of sleep as the clock “sprung” forward. Being at home seemed to be extremely advantageous as it was the Thunder that prevailed this Sunday afternoon.
The Grizzlies held a three point lead at the end of the first quarter, a seven point lead at the half and a ten point lead heading into the fourth. Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, Jonas Valanciunas, De’Anthony Melton, Xavier Tillman we are all playing well. This was an opponent that should have never sniffed an opportunity. For whatever reason, they were given a chance to have confidence and executed.
Up 12 multiple times, Memphis never put them away despite dominating the turnover battle. In a game that Jonas Valanciunas should have dominated offensively and on the boards, neither happened. Memphis was significantly outrebounded and JV only got 10 shot attempts. The achilles heel aka three point defense, struck again for Memphis as OKC torched the nets from deep.
This was supposed to be the easy game the Grizz had heading into a back to back against Phoenix, and Memphis had too much of that mindset. Now Memphis should not rest anyone against Phoenix in an attempt to steal one back.