Friday, December 21, 2007

Post Game Thoughts - Detroit

It is very difficult to win on the road. Double that statement if you shoot 33.8% from the field, miss 5 free throws in the first guarter, turn the ball over 22 times and fail to score more than 20 points in any quarter.

Detroit looks like a team that wants to be considered among the elite teams in the league. Memphis looks like a team that is still trying to find consistency. Pau Gasol returned to the lineup but shot poorly (4-14) in barely reaching double figures with 10 points. His 10 rebounds were nice but was offset somewhat by Darko Milicic's 2 pt and 3 rebound game. Rudy Gay led the team in scoring again but twice missed open dunks and seemed frustrated all night.

Newly signed Jerome Richardson went 0-3 in the game and did nothing to erase fans displeasure with Tarence Kinsey's release.

The only good news the team could take from the game is that the starters rested most of the fourth quarter so they shouldn't be overly tired for tomorrow's game against Philadelphia.

Memphis played good defense most of the night but the inability to capitalize on Detroit's early game malaise ultimately led to the defeat. When Detroit finally got their act together Memphis was unable to counter in any way. Memphis was able to hold Detroit under 100 pts. This was the 2nd game in a row Memphis held an opponent below 100 pts, the first time all season they were able to do that.

After playing three of the best teams in the league in the last 4 games Memphis needs to rebound as 10-16 Philadelphia comes to town. Philadelphia lost to the Lakers at home Friday night and won't be any fresher than the Grizzlies.

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