The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night to snap their 11 game losing streak.
The Grizz have been struggling for the past month, but they started to show signs of life last week after David Fizdale was fired. Memphis had a home and home with the Spurs, and then a road game against LeBron and the Cavs with a decimated roster. Even though Memphis was not able to steal a win in any of those three games, they still played better than Grizzlies fans could have hoped with the guys they had available.
Guys like Andrew Harrison and James Ennis have come back to life since J.B. Bickerstaff took over as interim coach. Both guys closed out the game last night, and Ennis was in double figures with 13 points.
Memphis was finally able to piece together a whole game to get a win Monday night. Tyreke Evans stuffed the stat sheet against the Wolves. Evans had 16 points, 9 dimes, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Marc Gasol also had a solid night putting up 21 points, and bringing down 7 boards.
When the buzzer sounded, and the Grizzlies finally snapped the skid, you would have thought they just won the NBA Finals by watching the reaction of the players and fans. Marc Gasol and JaMychal Green ran and hugged each other, and you could see the relief on their faces. Marc Gasol said “f**k it, we won” on the post game television interview, and Tyreke accidently dropped an F-bomb on the radio broadcast as well. That just goes to show how bad the players wanted that win.
Even though the Grizz dropped 11 in a row before last night, Memphis is still only 3.5 games out of the playoffs. Mike Conley should be back in about two weeks, and Chandler Parsons should be back Wednesday night. The Grizzlies are slowly getting healthy, and if they can stay healthy, they can still make the playoffs this season.
Memphis will play New York at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, and then will return home to face Toronto, Oklahoma City, and Miami. The Grizzlies need to build on last night’s win, and get at least two of these next four games.