With the extremely limited preseason that this shortened year offered, a portion of the regular season is inevitably used for teams to get settled in.
Keeping this in mind, it is no surprise that the Grizzlies aren’t playing their best basketball. However, the Grizzlies are steadily improving as shown by their solid play in the fourth quarter against OKC. Their play against the Thunder late in the fourth was reminiscent of last year’s postseason. There is nothing to worry about at the moment since the Grizzlies have had an extremely tough schedule heading into tonight.
The Rockets are an interesting match up for the Grizzlies. Kevin Martin is notorious for having huge games against Memphis as the Rockets were 3-1 against the Grizz last season with Martin averaging 31.3 ppg. The Grizzlies need to contain Martin and have another big game from Jeremy Pargo who played well against the Thunder. The Rockets are definitely beatable if the Grizz can contain them early and put an end to any momentum that carried over from their win against the Spurs.
Regardless if the Grizzlies win or not, I wouldn’t be too concerned. I’d give the Grizz 5 games to fully adjust to the new season especially since they’re missing Darrell Arthur. There’s plenty of time left in the season and the Grizzlies’ early struggles should at least for the time being be expected.