Memphis Looks to Bench for Help
After losing the first two games on the road to the Clippers in their first round Western Conference playoff series, the Grizzlies took the day off Tuesday while the coaching staff looked at game tape.
What they saw after losses of 112-91 in game one Saturday and 93-91 in game two Monday was improvement in several areas except for the bench.
The Griz bench has been outscored by the Clippers by an average of about 40 to 25.5. From game one to game two, Hollins reduced his bench rotation and he expects it to be the same for Thursday night’s game 3 at FedExForum.
“Everything is dictated by how the game goes,” said Hollins in a 10-minute media briefing Tuesday afternoon outside the Grizzlies’ locker room. “The first game we had two guys with two fouls in the first quarter.”
“We have to find somebody off the bench to give us a spark. Their bench has hurt us, especially in in the fourth quarter all year long and the first two (playoff games). We have to do something to negate that.”