Well, first we’ll say a big giant unwelcome hello to the end of the Grizzlies’ streak of keeping opponents under 100 points. I thought it might happen in the first half for a second or two there.
There’s really only one thing that happened here…
WHAT IS TRANSITION DEFENSE????
Well, well. Lookie here . We’ve found the one hole/weak spot/fallibility of the Grizzlies’ otherwise, frankly, awesome defense. I’ve sorta been keeping up with this one, and it’s worried me, and it worried me greatly coming into this game…and lo and behold, the Grizzlies give up over thirty fast break points. Whoof.
From the first quarter, it was evident that the Rockets had every intention of running often and at top speed, and they did so all game, and pretty much without restriction from the Grizzlies’ “defense”.
Distressing point number 227 about this contest? The magic disappearing Husky maneuver was in full effect. Only six shots with four nasty turnovers. The Rudycoaster continues to fly along the track.
Speaking of turnovers, the other hallmark of a Grizzlies loss was there-nineteen total. Again, oof. It wasn’t all necessarily great Rockets D-there were several pure miscommunication errors as well.
Worst of all, the Grizzlies showed NO ability to be that elusive NBA chameleon. It wasn’t a defensive knockdown dragout, and the Grizzlies couldn’t keep up. So many transition points given up, and the Rockets made 12 threes and shot 43% from downtown whilst doing so. That’s the recipe for a knockout punch against the Grizzlies.
Time for the team to rest and regroup.
I’d also like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and I’d like to remind everyone to spread as much love and kindness as possible this holiday season-the world surely needs it, and it sure feels good to give it.