The Toronto Raptors (22-33) weren’t able to extend their winning streak to six games after a tough home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies (35-18). This game was filled with emotions due to the return of former Raptors Ed Davis and Jerryd Bayless, as well as Rudy Gay facing his former team. Both teams came out flat, which set the tone for the rest of the game. The Raptors lost 88-82 in a game they could’ve stolen from the Grizz.
Another ugly game for the Raptors this time around. The only bright spot coming from a late Alan Anderson surge who scored 15 points in the fourth quarter. However, the Raptors shot 25% through the first half finishing the game on 36% shooting for the night. The Raptors struggled to get much going against a stingy Grizzlies defence, by committing crucial turnovers down the stretch the Raptors sealed their own fate tonight.
This was another solid defensive outing for the Raptors. They were able to hold the Grizzlies to 87 points tonight on 37% shooting. The Raptors managed to make it difficult for any of the Grizzlies stars to get a rhythm. Memphis bigs Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combined to shoot 6-for-29 from the field.
The Raptors didn’t have a bad rebounding game, however they did allow the Grizzlies to manhandle them on the inside. The Grizzlies won the 50/50 balls that the Raptors needed in order to pull out this victory. The Grizzlies had 22 offensive rebounds, while Z-Bo had 18 total rebounds on his own.
Game Ball: Mike Conley Jr.
Game ball in this matchup goes to Mike Conley. Some may disagree that it should go to Z-Bo, however Conley was able to hit some critical jumpshots in key moments throughout the game. It seemed as if he only had daggers in his arsenal tonight. Whenever the Raptors seemed to close the gap, he either hit a 3pointer or a long jumper to deflate any momentum gained from the home team.
Photo Cred: (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)