The above-referenced “fish” would be the cold hard fishslap of ZBo-less reality.
When things don’t go just exactly perfect, the Griz lose.
And ya just can’t count on things going perfectly, now can you.
Let’s run it down…Matt Bonner, you irritate me. Always have irritated me, always will irritate me.
Grizzlies, your unwillingness to guard Bonner has also always irritated me.
Now, a few points regarding this “contest”:
-once again, Marc Gasol wears himself out rebounding the ball. Once again, he’s the only Griz doing so. Sure, other guys show up from time to time-but even a player with Gasol’s talent and skill level cannot be expected to bear the load on the glass for a whole team game after game.The Griz were a big fat -9 on the boards this game, and that’s a disturbing trend. Bears watching, and must be corrected if the Griz are to right the ship.
-Rudy, Rudy, Rudy. Gotta show up every night. Remember when I mentioned in this space about Rudy’s body language, and whether it would get worse, and whether he’d start to take it out on the rest of the team? I’d say he’s about one or two more losses from starting to try to deflect the criticism he’s surely facing right now in that locker room onto his teammates. Big test. Can Rudy pass?
-Don’t be fooled-OJ Mayo just came in and did what he does-scored a bunch. Too bad his scoring was irrelevant in a game like this. It’s his skill, to be sure-but games like this do nothing to endear him to me. Fitting in in a winning effort. That’s what he’s gotta do to get paid next summer by the Griz or by some other team.Don’t get me wrong, 7-11 in 24 minutes is great-but a nasty team-”leading” -12 for the game doesn’t help a thing.
-Young, Pondexter, whoever. That whole tempest in a teapot couldn’t matter less at this point.
Ok. I’m disgusted, and now I have to turn on NBATV and root for the Thunder, since they’re playing the Clippers.
As for the Griz, I’m thinking we get the ol’ “players-only meeting” routine soon. Who will lead that meeting? Marc.
Will it help? We’ll see.