Last night was another night of anger and frustration for many Memphis Grizzlies fans as they fall to the Golden State Warriors 108-82. This would be the first time the Grizzlies would lose to the Warriors in over three years. Fatigue and key injuries are continuing to be a problem for this Grizzlies team.
Injuries became the plague once again for the Grizzlies as they were without Marc Gasol, Tony Allen, Ed Davis, and Quincy Pondexter would leave the game before the first half with a right ankle sprain. Grizzlies’ athletic trainer Drew Graham is going to become the busiest trainers in the NBA the next few weeks.
“It’s a long season, NBA seasons are long. Teams happen teams go through stuff. My thing was we needed to play with more energy and joy”, Coach Dave Joerger said after the game.
The ongoing struggles of outside shooting continued as the Grizzlies would shoot 36-of-85 FG (36.5%). Jerryd Bayless is in a MAJOR slump right now going 0-for-11 last night. Tayshaun Prince would have 4 points (2-of-7 FG). Mike Miller would show some energy for the team last night as he had 16 points (2-of-3 from 3-point range).
When you lose a key player like Gasol on this team you need outside shooting to help fill points that Gasol could give you each and every game. This type of shooting is not helping that situation whatsoever. Missing Tony Allen hurts not only defensively but offensively with the way he has been shooting this season.
With injuries on this team Mike Conley can no longer be the distributor they need him to be a key scorer to this team since no one else is picking up their slack on outside shooting. Warriors Coach Mark Jackson knew that immediately and made sure that he had his defense set up where Mike Conley could not get a clean shot. Conley would have 12 points (4-of-12 FG).
Throughout these past couple of loses Grizzlies fans should be proud of one guy that has played his heart out every single game and has stepped up in a situation where players are getting injured left and right and that guy is Kosta Koufos. Last night he finished with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Koufos has had four straight double-double games which is a career-best for him.
So now what happens next? Do the Grizzlies need to go sign somebody?
It’s possible. But what do you need the most? Do you need a great shooter or do you need another big man to help in the paint and get rebounds?
Teams go through losing streaks like this before but let’s hope this team gets healthy soon and the front office make some key decisions to get this team back on track to where things were a year ago. Believe Memphis.