Saturday, October 31, 2009

Victorious Grizzles after Raptors' Lead Fizzles



GRIZZLIES 115, RAPTORS 107

In the Raps' first road game against the young and talented, Vancouv...uh....Memphis Grizzlies, the Raps blew their 8-point lead (oh, please don't start this again) in the fourth quarter, falling to the Grizz 115-107.  It was a battle of the lefties, as both power fowards Zach Randolph and Chris Bosh went toe to toe.  Bosh finished the night with a monster line: 37 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and Zach Randolph countered with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

In the fourth quarter, the Raps had the lead 88-80 with 10:33 to play until Marc Gasol's free throws, a Zach Randolph 19-footer, a jumper from DeMarre Carroll and Mike Conley layup knotted the game at 88 when Toronto called for a timeout.  From there, the Grizz managed to control the game outscoring the Raps 39 -28 in the closing quarter.

It was a disappointing loss but the Grizz are also an underrated  team and they should be exciting to watch this year with guys like Randolph, Iverson, Gay and OJ Mayo in the starting five.  One guy that the Raps really missed tonight?  Reggie Evans.  The Raps got outhustled on the boards getting outrebounded 45-36 and all five Grizzlies starters finished with 6+ boards.

Key Notes:
  • After a strong opening game, Andrea Bargnani finished with 12 points on 4-12 shooting
  • All five Grizz starters finished with double figures: Mayo 18, Gay 17, Gasol 19, Z-Bo 30, Conley 10
  • Young rookie, DeMarre Carroll had an impressive performance: 12 pts, 7 boards, 3 steals
  • For a Grizzlies recap, check out 3 Shades of Blue
  • DeRozan Watch: 20 minutes, 6 pts, 5 boards, 1 nice weakside jam on OJ Mayo


Raps are home on Sunday to face off against the "Let's Go Raptors/VC Sucks!" Orlando Magic

Photo credit: (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

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