Wow. Twelve whole points in a fourth quarter AT HOME. Double wow.
Three Shades’ Lee Smith got some great audio tonight…and I’m just too frustrated to type much…so follow after the jump for some good locker room sound….
Ten three pointers given up to the Blazers. The Grizzlies, for all their defensive prowess, sure do let the gate open from long range from time to time. Tony Allen, especially note what he says about :22 in, and starting about 1:50:
Gotta love that he’s not afraid of taking responsibility for the loss on his shoulders, but if you notice, he’s super bummed. Even more bummed than the usual “pain runnin’ deeper than the ocean” emotion we’re used to from TA. It’s gotta be wearing on him and on the rest of the team to know that there have been lots of squandered leads and lots of missed key shots in a lot of fourth quarters lately. Tony’s right, by the way, about this game-the Grizzlies’ starting backcourt went a miserable 4-17 with only 4 ast and 5 TO’s between them-that’s, well, not good. Balance is necessary, and the Griz’ offense did not have it this night.
Rudy Gay should get a medal of some sort for just showing up to play so soon after the loss of his grandmother, to whom he was very close. Rudy, we’re all prayin’ for you and your family.
As for the game, both Rudy and Marreese did well box-score-wise (22 and 13 for Mo!!), but they’d both tell you that matters not one bit. Rudy Gay on the game:[soundcloud id='73693269']
It’s a good five minutes, trust me. Listen to it. I’m not gonna say that Rudy took the loss lightly…but you can make your own decision about that. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good that he’s able to let a loss run off his back, but at about the four-minute mark when he says this loss may have helped the team re-establish a sense of urgency going into the road trip, it almost sounds like someone trying to rationalize a loss. He can’t be totally blind and deaf to the trade rumors starting to fly around his name (a week or two earlier than I thought they might, at that). Is that part of the reason that he’s made an attempt to take games over, or is he just trying to be more assertive?
Yet another game where the Grizzlies fail to eclipse 90 points, and another game the Grizzlies lose. Ouch. Hard not to look at Conley’s meager if not miserable 2-8 in 33 minutes and Bayless’ 0-1 in fifteen minutes, and the Grizzlies’ barf-a-licious (yep, just made up that one) 13 assists on 32-81 from the field. Gotta love the 18-18 from the line-at least we can’t look back and say “wow, if they’d made more FT’s….”.
That, my fellow Grizzlies fans, is called “clutching at thin straws of positivity”.
Phoenix Sunday night. Payback time for Dragic and the Suns…hey, don’t forget..another game in the 80′s that the Griz lost by two was played there a few short weeks ago…