Wow. Not good. The two worst losses of the season coming hot on the heels of perhaps the best win of the season (debatable, I understand). The Mavs loss, well, that’s not tolerable, but it was a travel b2b against a team DESPERATE for a home win, after a thoroughly exhausting OT victory.
Is it the trade rumors that have been flying at lightspeed around this team?
The answer is…it shouldn’t matter. It’s only 9:40 PM as I type this, and I’d be shocked to no end if there isn’t a “players-only meeting” after this debacle.
So what has made this last pair of games such a combined disaster?
A complete lack of ability to put the ball in the basket. DUH!!!
Best (only?) reason to watch the Clippers game? Heck, I was just glad that I got to watch Wroten play a bunch. It’ll take some time, but he’ll carve out an NBA home for himself. The athletic ability alone should make him a great defender with time and instruction, and passes like the one early in the fourth to a baseline-cutting Tony Allen give one faith and hope that he can be an equally good facilitator.
Without Rudy Gay, it was obvious that it was gonna be tough for the Grizzlies to put the ball in the hoop..but the Clippers were without his buddy CP3, so the burden would be lessened somewhat, right….not quite.
Thanks to 3SOB’s Lee Smith for braving what was surely a downcast locker room to get some sound for us. Let’s take a listen to what the team’s defensive leader had to say about a second straight blowout loss:
His favorite phrase might be mine: “Where was the effort?”. He knows as much as any Grizzly about unflagging effort, and it wasn’t there tonight. If one were to only look at the rebounding numbers, one might think that Griz had won the game-a 48-44 advantage, with 24 (!) offensive rebounds..and then one looks at number of shot attempts…+13 for the Grizzlies…but the Grizzlies rushed a ton of close shots, either out of a well-founded fear of having a shot blocked or wanting to do too much too fast. Effort is concentration, and effort leads to better offensive execution.
No positives, not even the slimmest of opportunities to claim a moral victory, as a team that is supposedly a contender should never even utter the phrase.
It’s gonna be a hard row to hoe for the Grizzlies at practice tomorrow, and a long flight to San Antonio for Wednesday’s game.