There, I said it.
From finding ways to win to finding ways to lose. The Grizzlies are still a mighty good team, but the last couple games have been like the second time through a batting order for a good pitcher-you better learn to alter your stuff a bit, or guys are gonna start roping pitches off the wall.
Or off the backboard in this case…
Excellent strategy and tactics by Gentry. Get outrebounded by almost 20 against the Grizzlies a few days ago..tell your team to beat up the boards like they tried to take their lunch money. It was obvious from the start of the game that this was the move for the night, and they executed it. Straight hustle. Hard work. Also:
When the Suns went zone in the second quarter, the Grizzlies just, uh, well, uh, what do we do?
Ok…gonna hang this out there…I’d now like to officially utter my official condemnation of the Dante/Ellington trade. QPon as backup 2, Dante backup 3. Frontcourt logjam be darned. I want to like Ellington as a Griz, I truly do-but on nights like this (and there have been many others since his flash in the pan), when we have to watch him play catchup on D and and darn near score the nine trillion…it’s tough.
The inability to score wasn’t really a product of shooting percentage-45% is plenty to get the job done-it was not being able to hold onto the $%^&*(#@ ball long enough to get a good shot on lots of possessions (15 TO’s to 73 total FGA’s) and getting beaten on the boards oh-so-badly. Also…it doesn’t really matter if you hold the opponent to 37% shooting, if they get 16 more FGA’s than you do. Rough, rough offensive outing for the Grizzlies for the second game in a row. We’re looking at you, Mike Conley, to get your hands back on the rudder (and on the stinkin’ ball). Bayless is obviously hearing the giant, threatening footsteps of Mike Bibby behind him..although Ellington is the one who will wind up catching splinters if and when the Grizzlies do sign another PG option.
The bench went 6 for 16 again. That’s kinda weird, and bad. Seventeen total bench points. Ooooof. Sure, it’s a large percentage of such a paltry total output-but still…not good. A pg is looking like what the bench needs, as Bayless is obviously better suited to playing the SG position where he can put his substantial scoring skills to use without having to do it with the ball in his hands for ten/twelve seconds.
It’s not as if the NBA has “figured out the Grizzlies”-they’re not exactly a crafty, flashy team. They beat people up inside, and get it done with fundamental ball, and it’s just not happening. Time to adjust, and two road games in Denver and Utah respectively on a back-to-back will form the toughest test the Griz have faced this season by a good measure.
Can they pick themselves up off the floor?