It would be convenient to be able to watch another Grizz game tomorrow to enable forgetting what was easily the worst quarter we’ve seen in a game thus far this young season.
Sure, Louis Williams beat the Grizzlies (new Grizkiller team captain?), but there were plenty of problems caused by the Grizzlies themselves as well…
Problem one: twelve whole bench points for the Grizzlies on 6-16 shooting. It’s becoming obvious that the bench problem is not yet solved. DA started his game time going 0-4 with 2 PF’s, and Pondexter hit a major wall, taking exactly zero shots in 20 minutes of game time. It’s not entirely about Bayless’ ability or lack thereof to set up guys in the right spots, as many of them are on court with Conley at least some of the time-it’s about offensive focus and moving without the ball.
Problem two: Ten assists on seventeen makes in the first half, five assists on sixteen makes in the second. Terrible. The “best passers in the NBA” moniker took a serious hit to its credibility this night. Six TO’s for Conley after a stellar 9ast/1TO last game, with another subpar shooting night. Three road games comin’ up, better get some rest Mike.
Problem three: 7-25 for Rudy Gay, again on the heels of a killer performance last game. At some point, this goes from “I love it, keep being aggressive” to “come on man, it just ain’t your night”. Nice little flurry to make it interesting for a second or two towards the end of the game, but a tough night for the “new” Rudy Gay.
Problem four: 11-18 from the free throw line, with two especially big misses from TA when the Grizzlies had somewhat made a game of it again. ZBo went only 2-4, and guess what? The bench went…wait for it…0-0 from the line. That simply ain’t gonna work.
There’s more, but I’m disgusted. This game went so poorly, I’m watching Sacramento at Portland to try to see some good basketball.
Ok, it wasn’t that bad, but it was bad. It’s not like the Grizzlies to get kicked in the teeth like Louis Williams kicked them in that third quarter and let it go. Sure, they closed it up-but never got closer than six.
A tough night, and the players wills surely take it personally. Will they rebound from it or shrink from it? They’ve surely come back to Earth somewhat, but I’d have to imagine that if any of us had been told “hey, will ya take 14-4 after 18 games?”, the “no” responses would not have been numerous.