I’m abandoning my usual post game recap. Yep, since the Grizzlies abandoned their free throw shooting tonight, going 13-23, I figure, there really isn’t another stat worth telling you.
Ok, maybe that’s not entirely true. Here are 5 stats worth knowing. Combined with the above, that makes 6 for this recap.
1. PACE was 90.87, CLEARLY in favor of the Grizzlies, but the Thunder beat us at our own game. That’s not heart warming looking to the future, or is it?
2. KD & Russ both shot under 30%. THEY BOTH SHOT UNDER 30% AND WE LOST! Surely they’re bodies are taking beatings and unable to produce anymore (hopeful).
3. The Grizzlies 1-3 positions went 19/56 or .339 from the field tonight including 6/20 from deep. This includes Mike Miller who was 2/7 on the night and now 6/22 in the series; all 6 makes being from beyond the arc.
4. The lineup of Beno Udrih, Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Mike Miller, Marc Gasol played 12 minutes on the court in game 4 and were +12. They shot 53%, grabbed 11 boards, scored 30 points, fouled 3 times, while drawing 8 fouls and had a 2.5 AST/TO ratio. Their PACE was a plodding 81.62, but their efficiencies were incredible with a Defensive Rating of 82.7 and an Offensive Rating of 146.2 (!!). Has Joerger figured out a “go to” lineup down the stretch?
5. Grizzlies pulled down 18 offensive rebounds, Tony Allen had 10 himself, but the Thunder hauled in 20 offensive rebounds and several within the final 2 minutes of regulation that easily gave the Thunder new life.
Those are the important stats. You can see hope in those numbers if you’d like. Joerger may have figured out a way to defeat the Thunder without ZBO.
Brooks and the Thunder have obviously game planned to make it difficult for ZBO to hurt them, and with one exception in game 2 where ZBO went 10/20 for 27 points, Zach has shot less than 36% and been very ineffective on either end. If that persists (and I expect it will), then going small as Joerger decided to do tonight, would be a great hope for the Grizzlies. However, you can’t count on KD & Russ to shoot less than 30%. Yet on the flipside, the Grizzlies going 13-23 from the FT line is just weird, but it’s why the Grizzlies lost tonight.
This is a very homerish statement, and I understand OKC fans disagreeing with it, but the Grizzlies beat themselves. Sure Reggie Jackson went off, but he had to score because Russ & KD were not doing so. All the Grizzlies had to do was make 1 more FT in regulation (looking at you Mike Miller) and they walk away with a 3-1 series lead. They beat themselves tonight.
There is much more that happened in the game and the 3 Shades of Blue staff will have much more on it in the next few days leading up to Game 5.
Don’t get defeated. I do think it is an uphill battle for the Grizzlies to win the series now, however, it’s not impossible. You have at least one more game at home. Just win it, and steal 1 of the next 2.
If you’d like to see Video from the players and coach Joerger, click on the links below.
Coach Dave Joerger Press Conference
Marc Gasol Post Game Press Conference
Tony Allen Locker Room Postgame
Mike Conley Locker Room Postgame
Joerger coached a heck of a game again. The Beno/Conley/TA/Miller thing worked. Nearly pulled it off. He recognized ZBO was getting shut off
— Zach Thomas (@zacharytthomas) April 27, 2014
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