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Postgame Report: Grizzlies Defeated by Rockets 121-103 in Preseason Finale
The Memphis Grizzlies lost to the Houston Rockets to close out the preseason 121-103 Friday night at FedExForum.
Houston owned a sizable advantage on the glass, pulling down 16 offensive rebounds while Memphis had just three offensive boards.
The Rockets came out firing in the first half by shooting 14-26 (.538) from three-point range, making more than twice as many three-pointers (14) than two-pointers (six). The Rockets used a 20-4 run in the first and second quarters to lead by as much as 27 before Memphis went on a 20-4 run of their own to keep the game within reach.
Houston made the most of the Grizzlies’ miscues, scoring 31 points off of 15 turnovers. The Grizzlies shot well from the floor, going 36-for-70 (.514) and also recorded a preseason-best five blocks.
Jaren Jackson Jr. led the Grizzlies with 18 points, matching a preseason high, on an efficient 7-of-9 (2-2 3PT) shooting. Mike Conley added 15 points. Wayne Selden Jr. scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Chandler Parsons finished with 12 points.
James Harden led all scorers with 23 points, while Chris Paul had a double-double with 14 points and 11 assists. Clint Capela also logged a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Eric Gordon added 12 points. Former Grizzlies forward James Ennis III and Carmelo Anthony had 11 points apiece. Gerald Green and Isaiah Hartenstein both scored 10.
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On the rebounding woes in the gameIt’s something that we’ve talked about. We understand where we are with that. It’s hard against very good offensive teams, like we saw tonight, to get anything done defensively if you allow them to have second and third chances. With them, if you give them a second chance, it’s going to end up in a three at some point. We’ve got to do a better job. It’s all of us. We can’t just expect one guy to go out and get eight more rebounds, it’s everyone that’s on the floor, they’ve got to go get one more. They’ve got to contribute as a group. We’ve got to be a game rebounding team. Your responsibility is to keep your man from getting it, and hopefully somebody else can come in and get it because you’ve done your job boxing your man out. It’s something that we’re conscious of and we’re paying attention to, and we’ve just got to get better at it.”
On Shelvin MackHe’s solid, he’s steady, he understands the game, he’s got a high IQ and he’s competitive as hell. There’s no situation where he backs down. His emotion doesn’t change. He’s all about the team. I can’t say enough good things about Shelvin and how pleasantly surprised I’ve been, just never having coached him before or really been around him. He’s a standup guy. He’s a great teammate. There aren’t enough adjectives for him.”
On reboundingI definitely take it personally. That’s my role. That’s my job. I have to do that better. That’s on me for sure. I have to be more of a presence. I can’t let balls that hit my hands go out of bounds. I can’t let that happen. That’s on me for getting those. That just comes with being more active. That’s nothing you can really do in practice. That’s just being active and going after them. Once you do that you can get the break started. If you don’t get the rebound that kick to a three, that hurts.”
On progressively getting better“I’m learning every day in practice. We’re learning all the concepts, and it’s just about repetition. When I’m doing everything in practice, I’m just doing it hard so I can help it translate to the game. I think it’s been very progressive, but I have a long way to go in everything. I’m going to keep working at it in practice.”
- Jaren Jackson Jr., the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, led all Grizzlies scorers with 18 points on 7-of-9 (2-2 3P) shooting.
- Wayne Selden Jr. scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.
- Mike Conley also scored 15 points while leading the team with six assists.
- Chandler Parsons had 12 points, scoring double-digits for the third time this preseason.
- James Ennis III scored 11 points for Houston.
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