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…
THE GRIZZLIES TOOK 116 SHOTS AND SHOT *3* GAME-FOUL-RELATED FREE THROWS.
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.