Final: Bulls 104, Grizzlies 64 - Jan. 1, 2012
Grizzlies stumble in Chicago
Coming off their first win of the season on Friday, the Grizzlies fell 104-64 on the road to the Bulls on Sunday night. Quincy Pondexter was part of a bench that scored 43 points as a unit.
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Coach Lionel Hollins
On the game
“We just couldn't score. You look at the 1st quarter, we only had 12 and in the 2nd 16. They came out with a lot of energy and focus. We just couldn't make any shots. We made no 3's and had no free throws. Give Chicago credit, they just came back from a tough, long road trip and played well tonight. Tonight it was embarrassing and humiliating. We need to play with toughness and play together.”
On Pargo and the other starters difficulties
“It wasn't any one player. The Chicago Bulls had a lot to do with all of us not doing much out there. We scored only 64 points. We had no ball movement, didn't hit the open man, and just played poorly. There was no cutting, no sharing, and no team playing. This loss had nothing to do with Zach going down. We were getting beat up then.”
On their problems tonight
“We just didn't play together on either side of the floor. Defensively we were poor and offensively we just didn't move the ball. We definitely didn't play like we can tonight.”
What does a loss like this do to the team?
“It hurts us because we are trying to build our chemistry and now this takes us a step backwards. The way we lost really hurts. We all have to look and see what we did wrong.”
What happened tonight?
“We just played a very good team tonight. They came out and executed and played hard and we didn't. The scoreboard tells it all. We weren't ourselves tonight, we didn't come out with intensity and with what has made us successful before. We have to expect this kind of defense as most NBA teams play it that hard. Tonight it was just tough for us.”