Gametime: Grizzlies at Jazz - Jan. 6, 2012
Final: Grizzlies 85, Jazz 94 - Jan. 6, 2012
Key Stat of the Night
Marc Gasol recorded over 10 rebounds for the fifth time in the last six games.
The Grizzlies fell to the Jazz tonight, 85-94. Marc Gasol and Tony Allen led the Grizzlies with 21 points each, followed by Rudy Gay with 17 and Mike Conley with 11 points and 6 assists. The team now prepares for Sunday's game against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in Los Angeles.
Coach Lionel Hollins
On the difference in the fourth quarter tonight
"Well they made plays and we didn’t. We didn’t execute very well and then we couldn’t stop them, and they were able to get to the basket and get offensive rebounds and we were missing a lot of shots coming down the stretch and we just didn’t execute after timeouts, people didn’t know where they were supposed to be. We just have to be better."
On the one specific area where the team really missed Zach Randolph tonight
"Man, I don’t want to talk about Zach Randolph. Zach is not here. We’ve played three games without Zach and we’re 2-1. This is our fourth game without Zach and we get beat and now somebody wants to ask me about Zach. Here’s the deal, Zach’s not here and if he was here, we still would have gotten our butts beat if we didn’t execute down the stretch."
On the lack of execution at the end of the game
"We got to be better at the end, especially on the road. We got to be better executing and knowing our scheme defensively, and trying to take them away from what they are trying to do."
On playing in Utah
"It is tough to play here. We all knew that. I’ve been here long enough to know how tough it is to get a ‘W’ in Utah. They play extra hard, the crowd is unbelievable, they support their team. You have to give them credit."
On issues that occurred in the fourth quarter
"Coming out of time-out, I think us not knowing coverages, defensively late, like coach said, a couple of blow-byes, a couple of uncontested shots, not knowing what we were doing on offense down the stretch, I think that had a total on what was happening throughout the 48 minutes. But we had our chances so hopefully we can move forth from this"
On why he felt the Grizzlies struggled in the fourth quarter
"The lack of focus, I just got to put it all on focus. I’m just going to say focus today. We weren’t focused down the stretch. I think once they made that run it kind of stunned us. We were up the whole game, and once they made that run it stunned us. We weren’t able to weather that storm. Normally we are good in those situations, but tonight it wasn’t one of those nights"