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Also, a big fat 7/25 for OJ. Whoof. That stings.

There are a couple of things that are impossible to ignore about this game…


Puh-leeze. Sure, the Faker Fans will be around to call us Griz fans whiners-and they have every right, and the Lakers won the game.

But that is just patently absurd. Ridiculous. Yes, the horribly wrong clear path foul and resulting FT’s and 3-pointer did exactly match the margin of victory for the Lakers, eh? Nah, it ain’t that weird.

Some stuff that killed the Griz:

-Bynum. Marc Gasol is gonna be bummin’ lunch money for about two weeks, ‘cuz Bynum took it ALL. Sure, he traveled about four/five more times than were whistled, but there’s just no doubt that he owned this game. Owned it. His post moves and jump hook and dunks and putbacks were just too much for the Grizzlies. Haddadi had no shot, as Bynum’s athletic advantage was too great, and even Marc Gasol’s heady play and knowledge of Bynum’s game couldn’t stop him.

-Going too heavily with the Gasol/Conley/Mayo strong-side combo at various spots in the game, especially in the second quarter. The other two players, Speights/Pondexter, Speights/Young, whoever, were basically left out. On the other hand, when Speights went all Chamberlain in the third, the Griz stayed with the horse that was runnin’ fastest. What a quarter for Speights, but the Lakers quietly cut a 17-point-max lead to single digits by the end of the quarter despite Mo’s crazy offensive spurt.The forced nature of the Conley/Gasol/OJ-centered offense made the team a bit stagnant on the offensive end, and that hurt worse as the game went on. Sure, the Griz were missing their two top scorers-but Pondexter, Cunningham, Young, and Speights are all capable of putting it in the bucket.

-Where was TA? Sure, he’s not a 50-minute guy unless it’s a playoff game, but 20 minutes? Strange. We gotta save his knees, but dang.


For the Grizzlies to shoot 45% on 116 shots, and only turn the ball over 8 times in a double-OT game, and only shoot five total free throws?


Ok. Sorry, but that’s all I got. I gotta get my systolic back below 300.

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19 Responses to Matt Barnes’ Feet Defeat Grizzlies; Andrew Bynum Also Marginally Involved

  1. UofMarkNo Gravatar says:

    I know refs miss calls and they generally do a good job. However, no way around this, the Grizz simply got cheated out of a win tonight. This one is very tough to swallow. Geez.

  2. AlexNo Gravatar says:

    Lots of monkey business going on when you look at the numbers from this game. I don’t care who. The opponent is, you’ve gotta got SOME respect from the refs when you’re in your own building. This was pure garbage.

  3. PatrickNo Gravatar says:

    Horrible officiating. I think the Lakers only got called for 2 fouls in the second half and two overtimes, despite all of our paint points. Also, what about Bynum being in the paint for about 8 seconds without getting called? Whatever, we’re better and we’ll straight up murder them if they manage to get their lilly asses into the playoffs.

  4. GrizRebNo Gravatar says:

    This had to be one of the worst officiating jobs that I have EVER seen. I thought that after what we accomplished last year we would get a little more respect/fairness from the refs….I mean the NBA. When Ron Artest is getting calls and Marc never goes to the line, then you know something fishy is going on. Bynum lived at the line all night and Marc got pounded over and over. It was blatantly called in the Fakers favor. Our guys played their hearts out and made very few mistakes just to have it all taken away from them. Not to mention Rudy being out and the non-debut of Zbo. The most embarrassing part of it all is the number of FAKER fans in this city and the outright disrespect they have for the hometown team and the true fans; support your team but don’t be an a**clown at the game.

  5. ChrisNo Gravatar says:

    ESPN Narrative: Never Let the Truth Get in the Way of a Good Story.
    Turned over to the 4-Letter after the game to hear the analysis. Tim Legler’s take: ‘after tonight’s game I really believe if the Lakers can play this way every night, they can contend for the Western Conference final.’ Really?!?! Well, I guess so… as long as they only face teams without their first two scoring options, are allowed to shoot nearly 30 more free-throws, and the opposing team’s sixth man makes the fans at least momentarily wonder if he’s point-shaving. Under those circumstances the Lakers can absolutely compete for a championship. But the Lakers’ efforts aside – and they did play, compete, etc… really well – how does ESPN not even mention “no Rudy Gay” and the free-throw disparity as at least partial contributors to the Lakers’ “great victory”? Cue Barkley: “that’s turrruhbull!’

  6. EvanNo Gravatar says:

    Worst officiated game I’ve ever seen. What a huge letdown.

  7. HeathNo Gravatar says:

    Memphis, missing their two best players who both average about 20 points, force double OT WHILE only shooting 5 FREE THROWS?? yea the Lakers better be worried about the game they just played..

  8. chipNo Gravatar says:

    My favorite part of the game was when Pau Gasol cried about no foul being called on his go ahead bucket when replays showed he wasn’t touched. I suppose when you are used to getting every call why not ask for more calls that didn’t exist?

    Tough loss for the Grizzlies being short-handed to begin with but the team is going to keep the pressure up. Refs don’t cost games. Great teams overcome poor officiating and the Grizzlies without Z-Bo and Rudy came damn close to winning anyway.

    Great effort from the team.

  9. boNo Gravatar says:

    lionel wore out starters , again.
    hadaddi may not be able to handle bynum but GOTTA get gasol
    some rest. he was dead the last qtr and ot’s.
    and we’ve suddenly forgotten how to box out.
    WAY TOO MANY offensive rebounds against us the last few games.
    luckily, those are easily fixable issues, and we are still playing great team ball. and should be getting rudy and zach back……..

  10. CarlCRNo Gravatar says:

    Since the NBA says they review every game to rate the officiating, it will be interesting to see (I’m not holding my breath) if they admit the foul on Matt Barnes was wrong. The Grizzlies still could have won this game but they couldn’t score toward the end of the game or either OT when they needed to do that, even after getting a lead. Tough losses should great a greater hunger to win the next few games.

  11. JaredNo Gravatar says:

    I’m so frustrated about this game that I don’t even know where to start. These boys played their heart out last night, but to see the game taken away by the refs is so frustrating. I have generally been of the thought “good teams win in spite of bad officiating” but last night the calls were SO heavily in favor of the Lakers that I don’t know if I buy it as much. Considering the 5 point swing with the phantom, clear-path foul and the ridiculous disparage in free throws, I would guess that the refs alone cost the Grizz between 10-15 point (that may be being conservative). Its impossible for a team to overcome a team as good as the Lakers with a head start of 15 points while playing without 2 of their best 3 players. It just doesn’t happen. But still we took them to double overtime and played a hell of game and came within a hair’s breath of winning the game. I guarantee that the Grizz are now the team that the Lakers don’t want to face in the playoffs (second on the list right behind OKC), assuming everyone is healthy.

    I also get frustrated when I think about OJ from last night. He has always had a proclivity to shoot a lot of shots out of his ass, and doesn’t always have the best judgment on when not to keep it up. But that cloudy judgment was only compounded by his game-winning performance on Sunday. He obviously thought that the was the only one on the court with the ability to put the team on his back and win it, especially in Rudy’s absence. Last night was a clear illustration of how he can be a liability, especially for the money. I wouldn’t cry for too long with I heard tomorrow that he had been traded for a draft pick and a back-up pg.

  12. mikeNo Gravatar says:

    PURE BS!!!!! the offensive calls in this game were plain dumb. there was one call on speights where he was out of the restricted area, was completely still, bynum rammed into him without any momentum, and speights got a foul. officiating has been very poor this season, but this was across the line terrible. how can a team that gets 116 shots have only 5 free throws? especially a team that shoots in the paint a lot. you didnt have to see the game to know this is bs. and kobe seriously gets all the calls in the league. he is like 49th in shots at the rim per game, and is 4th in the league in free throws per game. this game depicts that and he got 12 free throws

    • boyerNo Gravatar says:

      On that one, bynum didn’t lower his shoulder and speights was moving, it was a good call.

      And I think speights or someone else charged into fisher on a fastbreak and nothing was called.

      And on the barnes play, it seemed pretty clear he was tripped, I think by young. Interesting how the commentators kept whining about this, pretty poor. Does anyone have a video replay of the barnes trip. I’d like to see it again.

  13. mikeNo Gravatar says:

    oh and gasol and speights combined, had 20 shots in the paint, and only 1 free throw.

  14. GrizRebNo Gravatar says:

    If you truly believe that Barnes was fouled then fine. But to give him a clear path foul was the ridiculous aspect of it. That ended up causing a 5 point swing, then you can add all of the no calls and the points add up. Seriously, we only shot THREE free throws from shooting fouls while the Fakers shot OVER thirty. Marc gets pounded every game and he shot ZERO free throws. This game has shady written all over it.

    • boyerNo Gravatar says:

      I’ve heard other memphis fans on other blogs say barnes was fouled. On the replay, it looked pretty clear. Guys rarely go down that hard without being fouled. The officials reviewed the clear path on their monitor, so yea, it was a clear path, no defender between barnes and the hoop. Just looking at the box score and then whining about it is pointless. Actually watch the game. Were there missed calls both ways? Sure. Just like every game other game. I mean, all this whining tells me nothing. The fact that the clear path foul was called correctly suggests that the commentators and fans are believing what they want to believe.

      • GrizRebNo Gravatar says:

        Was there, so I saw everything up close. I understand that teams like LA will get favorable calls but that game was the worst I have ever seen. I’m not basing my thoughts solely on the box score, however it sure as hell backs up everything that I witnessed in person.

        You’re quick to call us whiners but you haven’t given any kind of argument as to why there was such a disparity of calls. Both teams play aggressive and to say that the all mighty Lakers NEVER foul is ludacris. The real problem is that both the Lakers and their fans are so used to getting favorable calls that when opposing fans/teams mention anything, ignorant comments and posts come from the Laker homers (jealous, whiners, etc.). That’s not the case, I just hate to see hard working players get wins stolen from them.

        Having said all of that, the game is over on to Toronto.

        • boyerNo Gravatar says:

          I haven’t heard of a good argument why there you think you got shafted other than the cliche: ‘lakers always get the calls.’ You look at the box score and come to the conclusion that the grizz got shafted, it’s sloppy analysis, just like when anyone looks at the FG pct. of any particular, and you think you know exactly what happened in the game. However, that’s not true. The game wasn’t that badly officiated. It’s time to get over it. Your commentators surely didn’t help by being sour grapes repeatedly telling their views that the clear path foul on barnes was bogus. Even if it was(which it wasn’t), move on. Commentators shouldn’t be focused on that play over and over, that’s poor commentary.

  15. HPTMattNo Gravatar says:

    The foul on Barnes was bogus. No two ways about it. Bynum was a beast, and that’s a very important aspect of why the Lakers won the game (the Griz missing 40% of their starting lineup helped also), but that call looms large. It was a momentum shifter, and momentum shifts should not be caused by officials blowing errant whistles.

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