With return of the Rudy Gay to FedEx Forum, the Memphis Grizzlies put up another Grizzaster performance against the Toronto Raptors losing 103-87. Memphis fell to 3-5 this season and recorded consecutive losses for the first time this season. Grizzlies Head Coach Dave Joerger explained it the best way after the game, no effort.
“People do not fear us anymore. We’re not putting hands on people anymore. There are a lot of people who say we shouldn’t have been in the Western Conference Finals.”
“We’re not playing hard enough. And I’ve talked about it in video sessions and pregame and halftime and postgame” Joerger said after the game.
Former Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay recorded a team-high 23 points, six rebounds, and four assists on 8-of-18 shooting (4-of-6 3FG shooting) in 42 minutes in his first game back at FedEx Forum after being traded. Toronto shot .533 from three-point range (8-of-15 3PG) and drained seven of its first nine attempts beyond the arc.
The players after the game said it’s not time to panic. I agree but they should be disappointed and frustrated with this team’s performance this year. Here are some of the major disappointments about tonight’s game.
1. The Rotation is becoming a major problem for the Grizzlies. Saturday against the Golden State Warriors, Joerger played an eight man rotation, tonight he played eleven. The Grizzlies tied the game at 70 with 3:33 in the 3rd Quarter and Joerger decides to take Zach Randolph and Tony Allen out and replace them with Ed Davis and Mike Miller.
“We were tied up 70 at the 3rd Quarter and after that I don’t know what happened” Zach Randolph said after the game.
Ed Davis is what happened Zach. For playing 23:53 and having 5 points and 5 rebounds. Though he had a good first half against the Raptors I still don’t see why Davis should get those types of minutes and put that type of performance. Will someone please explain to me sometime why he should have more playing time than someone like a Kosta Koufos or Jon Leuer.
2. Mistakes keep occurring for this team. The Grizzlies would finish with 17 turnovers.
“Us making turnovers where the opponents are scoring easy lay-ups is really disheartening. It’s a broken record. We have been talking about it and talking about it” Joerger said on the turnover situation.
3. The Grizzlies struggled to the foul line and helped the Raptors get to the foul line easily. Toronto made 33 of its 39 free throw attempts (.846), while Memphis made 11 on 17 tries (.647).
“I’m concerned we’re not getting to the foul line enough. 39 times that’s a lot and we’re fouling too much” Joerger said on after the game.
4. Memphis surrendered at least 100 points for the fourth time this season. The Grizzlies gave up at least 100 points just 11 times all of last season.
“I think we have got to get back to trusting one another on the defensive end and figure out what we are going to give up going into games and helping a helper” Grizzlies guard Tony Allen on not having the grit and grind.
Had a discussion with fellow 3 Shades of Blue writer Jonathan May at the game about Mike Conley’s performance. He’s putting up great numbers lately but do you want him to be your leading scorer over guys like Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol?
“We’ll get there. We’re going to be alright,” Joerger said in his post-game press conference.
In other news, the new Fly Lounge in FedEx Forum opened up tonight so after watching a game like that you can go drink your sorrows away and watching a game like that. I still believe in this team I just hope this fan base does as well. Believe Memphis.