In what could end up being a big game in the scope of the season, the Memphis Grizzlies fell to the Houston Rockets on Monday night. The Grizzlies and Rockets were tied in the Western Conference standings, both with an 18-14 record. The Rockets now move ahead of the Grizzlies to 6th place, and take a step towards getting the tie breaker back from the Grizzlies.
Memphis struggled down the stretch, not making a field goal until over half way through the fourth. By that point it was too little too late as Houston converted on all six of their free throws in the final 30 seconds.
Kyle Lowry, the former Grizzlies’ point guard who continues to be a Grizz killer, paced the Rockets with 24 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds. Kevin Martin added 22, including 3 triples.
Rudy Gay led the Grizz with 23, but the numbers that affected the Grizzlies’ performance the most were found in Marc Gasol’s stat line. The big Spaniard only took 8 shots against a team that lacks depth and height. For a team to not feed its only All Star against a team with only one player within 4 inches of said All Star is poor execution. That should have been a weakness that the team exploited all night instead of only 8 times.
The Grizzlies take the court again tomorrow night with a game against the Philadelphia 76er’s and are counting down the games until they get back Zach Randolph. Randolph has been taking part in light work outs and is now traveling with the team. He was seen on the court at the Toyota Center before the game shooting around. Randolph coming back will be a huge lift to a team whose goal has been to tread water until the big man can make it back.