In what has been an overall exhilarating season for the Memphis Grizzlies, their season finale in Salt Lake City was anything but. The second youngest team in the NBA dropped their opening round series in 5 games to the top seeded Utah Jazz in a route.
The Utah Jazz opened the game historically. They had the second most points in a quarter in playoff history and tied for most threes made in a quarter in playoff history. The 47 points were also the most for any quarter in franchise history. Even crazier is that the Grizz shot 50% from the field and ended the quarter down 20.
Memphis got it down to 15 at one point in the second quarter, and it seemed as if they could hang despite the early onslaught. Utah did what they have done all series and answered a Grizz run with a three, followed by a run of their own. The first half ended with a fade away Mitchell three at the buzzer putting the Jazz up 24.
The Grizzlies got down 30+ in the third and the avalanche just never stopped.
- Donovan Mitchell and Dillon Brooks do not like each other. This could be the beginning of a fun individual rivalry in the Western Conference going forward. Dillon did not play the same high level defense on him as he did DeRozan and Steph Curry in the play ins, but he was also relied upon more offensively in this series.
- The team never quit, they just didn’t have it. Honestly, Jordan’s Bulls weren’t beating the Jazz on this night. Despite a disappointing close to the season, this team was far from a disappointment and would deserve a standing ovation from the Forum were this loss at home.
- Taylor Jenkins was wildly outcoached in this series, but he can also only work with the roster given to him. It will be interesting to see if there is a remodel coming based around guys like Jonas Valanciunas, Brandon Clarke and Grayson Allen this offseason.
- Desmond Bane can play. He will be a bigger key next season for this team.
- Celebrate this team, this is just the start.
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