Have the Memphis Grizzlies Quit?
With no shot of making the Playoffs, the Grizz appear to have shifted down into the lowest gear of late, which has led to unhappiness from the coaching staff and local media. The Commercial Appeal reports: “These Grizzlies are in position to take a step out of mediocrity if they choose to finish the season with all-out effort. Yet what’s been on display with losses in six of their last seven games is a lack of maturity and mental toughness on the floor. This is what compelled coach Lionel Hollins to call out his team Wednesday night after a lackluster effort that resulted in a 110-84 loss at Dallas. Hollins continued his tough love approach Thursday when he did not schedule a practice and instead met with players individually. ‘Dallas, San Antonio — they’re still playing for their playoff lives,’ Hollins said after the Dallas debacle. ‘They’re coming out and playing hard. Are we willing to make that sacrifice and play that hard? It hasn’t shown in the last seven games that we are willing to do that.’ The Grizzlies’ only shot at redemption is improving their general lack of focus and concentration, which has led to opponents averaging 26 points off turnovers during their three-game losing streak.”