What started as a Grizzlies route of the lowly Utah Jazz, ended up tied with 5:39 to go in the 4th quarter. How did the Grizzlies end up so close after being up 18? What happened to the Jazz in the final minutes? Let’s take a look at the
56- Grizzlies FG% in first quarter (14-25)
3- Consecutive games where the Grizzlies have shot below 30% from 3P land
0- Number of Jazz 4th quarter FTA
54- Jazz’s 2nd half point total
31- Total combined points scored by both teams in the 2nd quarter AND the total points scored by the Jazz in the 3rd
16- Grizzlies halftime lead
.333- Grizzlies FG% to open the first 6:30min of the 3rd qtr, 3-9.
.666- Jazz FG% to open the first 6:30min of the 3rd qtr, 8-12.
100- Grizzlies FT% in the 3rd quarter, 11-11
23- Grizzlies points off 17 Jazz turnovers
12- Jazz points off 13 Grizzlies turnovers
59- Combined point totals for ZBO, Marc & Mike
1- Made FG by Trey Burke in the 2nd half, ended the game with 16 points on 6-14 shooting, 1-6 in 2nd half
225- seconds the Jazz went without scoring to end the game. (3:45)
7- Jazz players with 23+ min played
5- Grizzlies players with 28+min played
43- FG% for the bench, ending their consecutive games at 50%+ at 14, one shy of tying Boston’s 85-86 record
14- Consecutive games for Jazz against the Grizzlies w/o scoring 100pts, longest active streak against any opponent
8- Wins in the last 10 games
14- Home wins since January 1, 2014. Only 3 losses
#1: The Grizzlies score 49% of their points in the paint this season. The more points they score in a game however, the lower their percentage of points in the paint. This stat tells metro things: 1) The Grizzlies must get help from their perimeter players and jump shooters in order to hang with the high scoring Western Conference teams; 2) The Grizzlies must hold opposing teams to under 90 points when their jump shooting is below 40%.
#2: ZBO, Marc & Mike scored and took over the game when they needed to. That’s why those 3 have to do to make this team a threat in the West.
Talked to Mike Conley. Puts ankle at about 75%. Says it's not getting better or worse. Resigned to this likely being status rest of season.
— Chris Herrington (@HerringtonNBA) March 20, 2014
#4: And this-
@zackmcm asked coach about fans calling for JJ. "I didn't hear that. (Smile) I don't think I'll comment on that." So there ya go fans.
— Zach Thomas (@zacharytthomas) March 20, 2014
Let’s just stop for now. He’s good. He’s an asset for us. I LOVE watching him play. However we are 8-2 in last 10 games. We’re winning. If Joerger wanted us to know something more, he probably wouldn’t tell us.
#5: The Grizzlies are now 8-2 in their last 10. The only teams hotter are the Clippers (9-1) and Spurs (10-0). The Grizzlies are now (percentage points) in the 7th seed with 15 games to play. Portland and Phoenix have 14, Dallas and Golden State have 13 left. That’s good that Phoenix has less games to catch you but also bad that Dallas, Portland and Golden State have less games to mess up in front of you… for now, just keep winning.