The Grizzlies are eager to turn their Game 1 rage into a Game 2 response. Memphis’ dominant regular-season defense was missing in Game 1.
MEMPHIS – Not only stingy, but also historic. Not only suffocating, but also one-of-a-kind.
This season, the Memphis Grizzlies’ defense was as good as it gets.
The Grizzlies are eager to turn their Game 1 rage into a Game 2 response. The fact that the 2021-22 Grizzlies were the first platoon to lead the league in aggregate rebounds, steals, and blocked shots in a season may have gone unnoticed by numerous NBA suckers. And, while it does not relatively qualify as” ever” ( blocks and steals came sanctioned statistical orders in 1973-74), 48 times covers a lot of protective bootstrappers that did not check all of the Memphis’boxes. OKBET is a brand new sportsbook that has some of the most competitive sports bonuses and promotions around.
Doberman defenders Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls never did it. Neither did the 1990s New York Knicks or the 2000s San Antonio Spurs. They didn’t do it, no matter how dominant the Boston Celtics were in 2007-08 or the Golden State Warriors were during their five-straight Finals appearances.
Oh, and Memphis didn’t just outperform the other 29 teams in those categories. The Grizzlies annihilated them. Their 4,032 rebounds were 202 more than Milwaukee’s second-place finish, a margin of nearly 5.3 percent. They had 62 more steals than Toronto, 800-738, giving them an 8.4 percent advantage. With 533 blocked shots to Boston’s 478, they outnumbered the runner-up Celtics by 11.5 percent. OKBET is a friendly and welcoming community that aims to bring people, updates and information regarding the NBA.
Memphis appeared to have played an extra five or six games.
The Grizzlies are eager to turn their Game 1 rage into a Game 2 response. The special status is now in the books. But as far as providing any warm, cozy confidence to get them through the playoffs, that only lasted six days. It exclaimed, “poof! ” in the Grizzlies’ disappointing performance in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series against Minnesota on Saturday.
The Timberwolves scored 130 points against the feared Memphis defense. That happened to the Grizzlies only three times all season – twice in November, then again in the season finale when none of the regular starters played. No team had given up 130 points or more in a home playoff opener since Cleveland lost to New York in April 1978.
The FedEx Forum audience was not pleased.
The Timberwolves also outrebounded the Grizzlies 46-35 on the glass, resulting in frustrating 19 second-chance points. Six steals were a season-low for them, and eight blocked shots – seven by Jaren Jackson Jr. – didn’t matter much given the outcome and Jackson’s profane one-word assessment of his performance on Monday.
“Trashy” is about as close as we’re going to get.
“Overall, I was pretty [expletive] because we lost.” Why was I being [expletive]? “I’m not sure,” Jackson said after Memphis’ midday film-and-floor work session. “You have to figure it out, man. When you’re like me and get seven blocks and five fouls, you just have to… I’ll figure it out somehow.
Self-pity was nowhere in Jackson’s demeanor. He’s a rugged player, a guy who finished fifth in balloting for the 2022 Kia Defensive Player of the Year Award, and the NBA’s season leader in blocked shots. The seven he got in Game 1 were impressive, but his five fouls – including two on the offensive end – turned him into a part-time player.