Final: Grizzlies 73, Spurs 83 - Jan. 30, 2012
Stats of the Night
- After shooting just under 50 percent during the team's seven-game winning streak, the team is now shooting just 38 percent during its current four-game slide.
- The Grizzlies lost for just the third time in the last nine games at home.
Shooting just 31 percent in the third quarter, the Grizzlies managed to score just 15 points and found themselves down, 70-50, heading into the final quarter.
O.J. Mayo tallied 17 points, leading the Grizzlies in points for the second time this season since he last carried the team with 20 points in Portland on Jan. 24.
O.J. Mayo led the way with 17 points but the Grizzlies lost 83-73 to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night. Mike Conley scored 15 points while Marreese Speights added 10.
Memphis was held to 37 percent shooting on the night, primarily because Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies' two leading scorers, were a combined 3 of 18 from the field.
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On the Grizzlies’ effort:
“Did you see effort out there? That’s the problem. We’re not working. First effort, second effort, third effort – whenever we give effort it’s just for a few seconds and then we let up and give up an offensive rebound. We’re not sharing the basketball. Everybody is trying to do a little bit too much, instead of just doing their jobs. We had 10 assists tonight that sums it up.”
“When you don’t make shots, you don’t defend and you don’t rebound, you’re going to lose, and that’s what has been happening to us. Defense and rebounding are both effort stats. The shooting comes and goes, but you can’t get discouraged when you don’t shoot the ball. You have to find a way to keep that other team from shooting a high percentage. We did hold them to 40 percent, but they did shoot 10-for-24 from the three-point line. That’s a huge advantage.”
On the timing of this loss:
“There’s never a good time. We’ve been struggling, even when we were on the road. We didn’t play with a lot of energy. We didn’t shoot the ball very well and the same thing happened tonight. We shot 37 percent. It’s disheartening for our group when no shots go in and we can’t get to the basket. They did a good job of keeping us away from the basket. We had the good fortune to come back in that Golden State game and win. We won that game with some great defensive effort in the fourth quarter. We got eight or nine steals in that quarter. We went to Portland a little bit tired after a back-to-back with no energy and no effort. We go to the Clippers with no energy. As I told them, ‘Everybody is going through it. Nobody is going to feel sorry. You have to be mentally tough and suck it up and get it done.’ That’s the bottom line.”
On the effect the Golden State game had on the Grizzlies:
“We’ve had days off since then. Like I said, we got down in that game and had to come back. We’ve had to come back in every game since we left home. We were getting off to fantastic starts. Our defensive energy and effort was really high, our second and third were high. We haven’t had that since we left home before. It doesn’t matter where you play, you have to play. I knew this was going to be a tough one. I know tomorrow is going to be a tough one. We go to Atlanta and it will be a tough one. We go to Oklahoma City and it’s a tough one. Boston is a tough one. It just doesn’t get any easier. You just have to start revving it up and playing.”
On Rudy Gay’s performance:
“He didn’t make any shots. He didn’t get to the free throw line. He didn’t get any rebounds. It was just a bad performance. Those types of things happen.”
On the team’s defense:
“We showed spurts where we played good, and we showed spurts where we played lackadaisical. Our effort was just not there for 48 minutes. When things are not going good for us offensively, we should always be able to hang our hats on our defensive effort. We are just showing too many inconsistent moments on the defensive end.”
On how the team comes back from the lack of effort:
“Showing and proving the next game. That is the great thing about the NBA-you can bounce back. We are looking forward to playing the Denver Nuggets tomorrow and putting in full effort for 48 minutes.”
On his play:
“I don’t think it was too much about what they (Spurs) did. It’s about me finding the spots to make shots. I will take responsibility for that. That’s my job. I am looked at to do that every night. You won’t see that again from me.”