Memphis Grizzlies Continue Their Losing Ways in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO,TX - MARCH 5 : Marc Gasol /

The Memphis Grizzlies battled hard and nearly ended their 13-game losing streak, but they fell in San Antonio. What were some takeaways from this game?

The Memphis Grizzlies continue their losing ways, suffering defeat to the San Antonio Spurs 100-98. The Grizzlies have now lost 14 straight games and continued their struggles against San Antonio by losing all four games to them this season.

They haven’t beat San Antonio since Marc Gasol hit that crossing lane trick shot with 0.7 seconds left in Game 4 of last season’s first round of the playoffs.

Here are some takeaways from the game.

Marc Dominates Brother Pau in Battle of Gasol’s

After Pau Gasol stated to the media yesterday that Marc “should be upset” about the Grizzlies tanking, Marc decided to show his brother how “upset” he really is. The younger Gasol had 23 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists in 37 minutes of play. Marc was easily the best player on the court (shout out to Dillon Brooks who had 21 points) for the Grizz tonight, showing off an arsenal of moves we are used to seeing from the Spaniard. On the other team, Pau really couldn’t muster up much against his brother and the rest of the Grizzlies. He only had one basket (two points), seven rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes.

Understandably, Pau is in a different place than Marc right now. At the age of 37, the Spurs don’t ask for even close to the amount of contribution as Marc is asked of by the Grizzlies. Marc is still a superstar and the best player on the team, and even in a loss against San Antonio, he looked as dominant as ever.

Gasol Continues His Impressive Trick Shot Making

I mentioned the big shot Gasol made in the playoffs last season earlier, but he made another acrobatic shot at the end of this game as well. Down 96-100, Gasol ran up the court and banked in a deep two-pointer (looked like a three) while trying to get a foul call.

He never got the foul call, but the shot was impressive.

JaMychal Green Continues His Impressive Play

Someone should remind Green that the Grizzlies are tanking, because the young power forward has been playing some hard, aggressive and impressive basketball as of late. In his last six games, he has averaged a double-double.

He continued the trend against the Spurs tonight, dropping 14 points and 15 rebounds in 33 minutes of play. He really kept the Grizzlies motivated with his inspiring performance throughout the game.

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Meet Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Mr. No Name

The Grizzlies just signed Rathan-Mayes to a 10-day contract after a call up from the G League’s Westchester Knicks. The rookie played 26 minutes against the Spurs contributing eight points, five assists, and two rebounds.

26 minutes is a lot for a player that was just called up and didn’t even have his name on his jersey.

I’m sure most Grizzlies’ fans were wondering who number 26 was on the court. After getting a very short heat check 3 out of the way, Rathan-Mayes looked calm and collected on the court. If he continues playing like he did tonight, we might see him on the team longer than ten days.