At this point in the season every win is crucial. For the Memphis Grizzlies, who happen to be locked in a dead heat with the Los Angeles Clippers for home court advantage in the first round, Sunday’s win over Sacramento may end up being their biggest one of the season.
The Grizzlies led for most of the game, but had fallen behind late in the 4th quarter behind a DeMarcus Cousins jump shot. Anyone who watched the Lakers game on Friday had to be having flashbacks to some poor offensive execution late in the 4th.
Mike Conley took and missed two shots that would have tied the game in Los Angeles, but he hit the biggest shot of the game on Sunday. Conley got into the lane and hit a floater that put the Grizzlies up for good.
For the game, Conley had 25 points and four assists. The points were as efficient as it gets as he took only 14 shots overall. Marc Gasol had 15 points and 10 rebounds and had a block that ended the Kings’ hopes of an upset as he sent Marcus Thornton packing with under a second left in the game.
The Grizzlies win kept them one game ahead of the Clippers in the race for the all-important home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. It does seem like home court makes a difference in the NBA, but as I’m sure you remember, the Clippers won a game 7 in Memphis last year, so it’s far from a cure-all, but it’s still nice to have.
The Grizzlies return home on Tuesday to face the Charlotte Bobcats.