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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.

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15 Responses to Hawks 93, Grizzlies 83. Is There Another Game Soon?

  1. JmanonbassNo Gravatar says:

    Enough of the Rudy Gay experiment, dude is soft. Trade that ridiculous contract.

  2. JulianthreattNo Gravatar says:

    Hey go eff yourself Rudy will bounce back

    • HPTMattNo Gravatar says:

      uncalled for. disagreeing with my opinion is just fine, but telling me that is not. I feel quite sure that Rudy will bounce back-he may very well achieve all-star status this year, finally-but last night, he tried to take the team on his back and it didn’t work.

      • Steve DanzigerNo Gravatar says:

        To be fair, I think that was in response to the guy who commented above him saying, “enough of the Rudy experiment,” but the delivery was uncalled for nonetheless.

  3. JoelNo Gravatar says:

    Q was open A LOT, no one would get him the ball, and he was obviously frustrated. 13 total points scored in the third is NEVER going to get it done. Lionel needs to bust our guys ass’s about this game, it was horrible to watch. Honestly I cant wait for the next game, just soI have something else to focus on.

  4. neo-realistNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe the bigger story is how much the Grizzlies suck on the 2nd night of back to back. So far, they almost lost to Charlotte, faded away in the 4th quarter against the Spurs, and pretty much faded away the entire second half of last night’s game.

  5. WesNo Gravatar says:

    Drove 2.5 hours for this game (2nd game for me this season). Needless to say it was a long drive home. We’ve seemed to of lost our intensity we had early in the year. Long season though, guys. I’ll be back in Memphis on the 29th for the Denver game and I hoping to not see a performance like that (or another group of the opposing teams fans) again.

    • new_skool91No Gravatar says:

      Yeah, that was a tough game. The match-up was tough and it was the tail end of a back to back. We have to figure out something soon; back to backs have to be played like one long game. I like Rudy trying to step it up, but he did it on the wrong end of the floor first. It’s hard – scoring gives you energy, but playing good defense gets us scoring. It was a rare loss, but I think there will be a better outcome on the 29th.

  6. EvanNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta hand it to Atlanta they outplayed and outhustled us in the second half.

    20-0 Hawks scoring run…
    …20-0 Hawks run…
    …20-0 run…

    That should explain everything you need to know about this game.

    • new_skool91No Gravatar says:

      Yeah, that it was more flukey than anything. They earned it, but we did our part in opening up the door wide open and letting them at it. I can’t sit and say we should have done this or that differently because I am not sure what needs to happen other than the bench get more consistent so that they can be relied upon especially in B2B’s, especially in the weaker team/better match-up of the two games.

  7. Allen BlackNo Gravatar says:

    How many time outs were called in that 20-0 run in the third quarter? Why did we quit pounding the ball inside? Why were we out hustled in transition on both ends of the Court? Why did we not do a better job of taking care of the basketball? Will Coach ever consider playing Gasol and Hadaddi at the same time to force Teams to take their small lineups that give us so much difficulty off the floor? Why do we allow the Opponent to always dictate the pace of the game? You may not always be able to go to your Bench to find a hot shooting hand but you should always be able to go there to find fresh legs that can play good Defense!

  8. BobbyGrizzNo Gravatar says:

    Cool it guys, it’s a long season there will be ups and downs.

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