Final Score: Grizzlies 95, Thunder 100 - Jan. 10, 2012
Marc Gasol had 20 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks against the Thunder but the Grizzlies lost 100-95 at home Tuesday. Rudy Gay scored 16 points and Mike Conley finished with 15 points and a game-high 10 assists.
Coach Lionel Hollins
On Rudy Gay being rusty
"I believe the whole NBA is knocking rust off. I don’t think it’s just one person. It’s a tough league. He played hard and he did some good things, he just couldn’t make shots. Sometimes that happens as well."
On Mike Conley and Marc Gasol’s playing time
"We just have to go out and try to win each game. We can’t worry about the condensed season. I look at the stats every night; every team is doing the same thing. It’s just playing ball. You can’t sit guys out that you need in the game, your best players. If you leave them on the bench for five minutes and you are getting beat by 20, what’s the difference? You leave in who you think can give you your best chance of winning. It’s just the way it is. We have to be better at the point guard position of defending or attacking and making something happen. We haven’t had that consistently. We started (Marreese) Speights and (Marc) Gasol together and when they went small you can only have one big guy in. So which one am I going to have in the game? I’ll have Marc in the game."
On the game
"Today was a really good effort. We went out and played with a lot of heart, a lot of spirit. The ball movement was good, we only had nine turnovers. Defensively we had seven times with three stops in a row. We forced them into 15 turnovers. We did some good things. We didn’t always make good shots. We executed, coming down the stretch, we had good looks. We just didn’t get it done."
On the roster being good enough to win
"We are going to find out. I don’t think anyone can ask that question of their team with their best player being out and a backup power forward who was an integral part of what you were doing go down. Then to have your point guard to go down for two or three games, we will find out."
One the importance of the next three games
"We have decided that we have to go out and scratch out a win. Some nights you score 90 points some nights you score 80 points, it’s just been incredible the way that the league has gone. You don’t have any answers for what’s going on here. We just have to go out and try to get a win, and then we worry about the next one after that. It is nice to be home for the next three games and have the crowd behind you. I was hoping for a little better crowd with Oklahoma City coming back in, but we have to go out and create the excitement for the fans."
On how this game compares to the Dec. 28 match-up with the Thunder
"We got better. Obviously, they adjusted on us and we adjusted on them. There were a couple of bad plays down the stretch that kind of lost the game for us. We had a few defensive lapses and missed opportunities. That’s what it was."
On whether there was one instance of a missed opportunity
"Personally, I turned the ball over when we had a chance to get a shot off. At the end of those types of close games you have to at least get a shot off and we didn’t do that. I didn’t do that."
On Russell Westbrook’s performance
"He had a good game. He’s a good player. He’s capable of having good games. He had one tonight."
On the loss
"We had our chances, and they were the better team tonight."
On whether the team is better than their current 3-6 record
"We are who we are. We’re 3-6. We have to improve in a lot of areas and I have to say, it starts as a team. We just have to stay together and not fold from each other. We have to just keep encouraging each other and keep everyone’s spirits up and hopefully we will turn this thing around."
On Rudy Gay
"I think he’s playing good. He’s playing all right. It’s just a couple of his shots need to start falling, and when they do I’m already on the bandwagon. Whenever he gets it going, he’s going to get it going. I’m a fan of Rudy and I just can’t wait for him to get it back going. I know he will get it together."
On the loss
"They made more plays than we made down the stretch. I think we could have ended that first half a little better. We had a four point lead and sent them to the line four straight times for them to get eight straight free throws. We just have to stay more tuned in for longer periods."