The Memphis Grizzlies started fast but faded late enabling the Hawks to come away with a 108-94 victory. The Grizzlies have a young core that along with All Star Zach Randolph have them much improved and in the mix for a playoff berth in the Western Conference. However, their defensive short comings and lack of bench depth was very apparent in last night’s game.
The Hawks had a great night offensively with 6 players in double figures. It was more of a team effort offensively last night due in large part to Joe Johnson still being slowed by flu like symptoms along with some early foul trouble. Joe only played 26 minutes in the game scoring 11 points.
While the Hawks starters built a lead in the third quarter, Jamal Crawford came in and blew the game wide open. Crawford scored 28 points in only 27 minutes on 9 for 14 shooting. He also was 5 for 7 from deep and most of them were wide open opportunities which says a lot about the Grizzlies defense.
Looking at the game I like the young nucleus that the Grizzlies have. It was a game I was afraid could turn into a track meet for the Hawks if they weren’t careful. The Hawks simply wore the Grizzlies down and by the end of the night they were gassed. The Hawks bench outscored the Grizzlies 39-17 and the Hawks were missing ZaZa Pachulia. Scoring aside it was the quality minutes that the Hawks were able to get from their bench that really sets these two teams apart.
Good road win that temporarily puts the team into 3rd place in the Eastern Conference.