The best way to explain tonight’s game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the New Orleans Pelicans would be to call it a catastrophe or a Grizztastrophe as some put on Twitter tonight. The Grizzlies lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 99-84. For the first time in a while Grizzlies fans were booing the home team’s performance.
“Didn’t play with energy bottom line” Head Coach Dave Joerger on tonight’s performance.
Memphis lost for the first time this season at home and fell to 2-3 on the season. This might have been the ugliest performance many fans have seen from this team in a long time at FedEx Forum. This is a performance that will not stand a chance against the Golden State Warriors come Saturday night.
Zach Randolph had to leave the game early in the second due to his fiancee was giving birth to their child. So, congrats to Z-Bo and his 7 pound, 4 ounce baby boy. There’s your one positive story of the night.
Memphis recorded a season-low 29 rebounds in tonight’s game. No Grizzlies player had more than six rebounds. Marc Gasol had only one rebound tonight. One rebound, Grizzlies fans. One.
“We’ve just got to play better, play more as a unit and help each other. We have to make each other’s jobs a little easier, create for other people, keep working, and do not let down. We just have to stick together and keep playing the way we know how to play, but more consistently,” Gasol said on starting slow.
New Orleans got off to a hot start in the first quarter, making 13 of its first 16 shots and shooting .700 (14-of-20 FG) from the field and would continue throughout the game. The hot shooting from the Pelicans would be a constant all night long.
The third quarter would be the final straw for many Grizzlies fans as they had to endure such a horrendous lack of effort. Many players looked out of shape, confused, and panicky. Grizzlies would finish the 3rd Quarter 79-57. This is when the boos began to ring inside FedEx Forum.
“It hurts a lot. It hurts a lot because we’ve come a long way. We’ve come a very long way in my six years here, and I remember the boos as a rookie and my second and third year. I don’t want to ever go back to it. A lot of these guys who are new on this team don’t remember and weren’t a part of that, but me, it brings back those memories” Mike Conley on the crowd reaction.
You can say its only five games in, but once again there are some major concerns with this team. 18 turnovers, 11% from 3-point range, and 18 rebounds is not the Memphis Grizzlies basketball fans have come to love over the past few years.
“It’s not our basketball, it’s not what our city is used to, and we can’t allow that” Conley said on the slow start to the season.
Some of the bench players that normally don’t get playing time brought a spark in the fourth quarter such as Jamaal Franklin and Nick Calathes. Putting those guys with Leuer and Koufos seemed to really work and brought the Grizzlies down by nine with 2:32 left in the game. Now you wonder if these guys should have more playing time.
Do I have a problem with fans hitting the panic button on this team? No. Just remember there are 77 more games left in the season so be patient and try to stick with this team through thick and thin. This team has time work on their problems and just remember to believe.