The Detroit Pistons had 9 players in uniform on Thursday night. The Grizzlies had seen this story before, less than a week ago against Orlando. This would be the 5th game against a glorified G League roster. For a team that is “developing” dropping games like this are not good for development. How many more times can you “learn from it” before it’s obvious you aren’t learning anything?
The Grizzlies have struggled all season long with slow starts and on the second night of a back to back. The Grizz came out hot in the first quarter offensively as Morant and Valanciunas both got it going early. Ja found his three point stroke early while JV took advantage of the various mismatches.
The hot start went by the wayside and quickly as the Grizz shot less than 30% in the second quarter. Anderson’s recent stretch of solid offensive play disappeared as well but the encouraging signs were in Jaren Jackson Jr and John Konchar. Jitty was always in the right place making the right play while JJJ looked like himself. They entered half time down 9 to a severely undermanned Detroit Pistons team led by Corey Joseph.
Dillon Brooks committed 6 fouls. In one half. He was also 4-16 shooting and 0-7 from three. The party on DB island has officially ended as he has returned to true DB form over the last few weeks. Can't win many games when someone jacks 16 shots on 25% and also commits 6 fouls against average NBA players.
Remember the first quarter, when the team fed Jonas? They had 32 points and a lead. Yea they quit doing that for quite a while and until it was too late. The big man was 9-12, thats 75% yet, we want to jack perimeter shots on the second night of a back to back on the road. Is there coaching happening or are they only there for the rotations?
The Quick Recap became the Quick Rant, but you get the point. The Grizz played with their food and it got away. They have suddenly forgotten how to defend and these kind of games are not good for development or a playoff push — therefore no party of fan is happy with this.
Grizzlies are tired. It’s obvious. It’s not letting up any time soon. Temper expectations or be hurt more.