The Memphis Grizzlies fell to 1-3 without their long time swingman Rudy Gay with a loss in Atlanta on Wednesday night.
After a disturbing home loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, the Grizzlies hit the road to play the Hawks. Instead of a bounce back of sorts, a listless Grizzlies team showed up and never seriously threatened in the game.
The Grizzlies trailed by 10 at halftime and rarely breached that mark for the rest of the game, and not until late in the 4th quarter.
Zach Randolph had 20 points on 18 shots for the Grizzlies, but Marc Gasol was only 4-13 from the field and only Jerryd Bayless had a good night off the bench for the Grizzlies.
A Grizzlies loss, coupled with 25 points from Rudy Gay against the Boston Celtics (albeit on 24 shots. Sound familiar?) really makes people wonder if the Grizzlies did the right thing in trading Gay away. I’m still a believer in the trade as chemistry was always going to be a slight problem when you turn over almost half of the team’s roster during the season like the Grizzlies have. The Atlanta game also had some particular schedule loss potential as it was the second part of a back-to-back, and on the road to boot.
That said, I’m wondering if the team is starting to tune Lionel Hollins out. They didn’t look tired physically as much as emotionally and if they win on Friday night at home against the Golden State Warriors then most of this will be forgotten. However, with Hollins constantly criticizing the front office (and the new roster by proxy) you can’t help but wonder how hard these guys want to play for the current regime.
The Grizzlies looked disinterested from the start and never got going against a middle-of-the-road opponent and this season has some real potential to go south. They’ve already fallen outside of the top 4 seeds in the Western Conference and if the playoffs started today then they would begin in Denver against a deep, hungry team.
The Grizzlies return home on Friday to play the Golden State Warriors in a potential playoff matchup.