Grizzlies Offense Needs Tinkering?
The Grizzlies don’t have plays they can dial up. Not great plays. Not good plays. Not any plays. The Grizzles give the ball to their point guard — either Mike Conley or Jerryd Bayless or even Keyon Dooling, if coach Lionel Hollins is in one of his moods — and hope he can make something happen.
Conley is so good that he often does make something happen. Bayless, too, on occasion. Dooling? No. Not him. Not ever. But anyway, that’s the Memphis offense: Give the ball to the point guard. Send center Marc Gasol to the top of the key for the pick-and-roll. See what happens next.
Let’s be clear about something: That’s not a “play” — that’s a “wish” — though I’m not sure Hollins or Conley know the difference. More on that in a minute.
For now, keep in mind that the score was tied in the final 20 seconds of regulation and the Grizzles were down 2-0 to the San Antonio Spurs. Needing a bucket to avoid overtime and win this game and get back into the series, Hollins called timeout and didn’t call a play. He made a wish.
It failed spectacularly, the game went to overtime and the Spurs pulled away to win 104-93 and take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.