Game Recap: Lakers Keep It Close, But Ultimately Fall In Memphis

Game Recap: Lakers Keep It Close, But Ultimately Fall In Memphis


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The Lakers made their way over to Memphis tonight after suffering back to back losses. The last time the Lakers faced the Grizzlies at FedEx Forum was just over a month ago and the Lakers came out victorious. However, Memphis was without Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol and the Lakers had Kobe Bryant on the court.

Tonight, the Grizzlies bigs are back and Bryant is still sidelined. Nick Young remains on the bench with knee soreness along with Steve Nash and Chris Kaman who is sitting out due to a sore back. The Lakers would be looking to their bigs, Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre and Pau Gasol to nab rebounds, protect the paint and help pull out a victory.

First Quarter

The Lakers struggled from the start with turnovers and offensive rebounds but Wes Johnson was able to get the momentum going for the purple and gold hitting back to back shots. Jodie Meeks showed his athleticism with a drive down the lane to lay it up and in. However, the Lakers were unable to stop the Grizzlies on defense, allowing a 7-0 run to put them down early.

Johnson kept the Lakers alive hitting a deep two to bring them within four points, 22-18, with just over 2:00 minutes left . Jordan Farmar came into the game and dropped a layup and a three pointer in back to back shots. Wes Johnson was the first quarter standout, putting up nine points with two blocks. However, after one the Lakers trailed the Grizzlies, 31-23.

Second Quarter

Jordan Hill tipped in a missed three point attempt by Farmar to notch the first points of the second quarter. Robert Sacre hit a big dunk off the dish from MarShon Brooks but the Lakers still trailed by 13 half way through the 2nd.

Brooks had a dunk of his own off a Kendall Marshall assist and Pau layed it up and in to get himself on the scoreboard. Despite threes from Jodie Meeks and Wes Johnson, the Lakers lack of defense put them in a deep hole. Wes Johnson continued to lead the team in points with 12 and four blocks, followed by MarShon Brooks with nine points and Jodie Meeks with eight. The Lakers closed out the first half down, 65-46.

Third Quarter

Pau hit the first shot of the quarter, his signature jumper of course. Jodie Meeks hit back to back shots early in the quarter but followed those up with a turnover, which was the 11th of the night for the Lakers. Pau hit another fadeaway jumper right over his brother Marc Gasol but the Lakers still trailed the Grizzlies, 70-54, with less than eight minutes still left in the third.

Jodie Meeks kept the energy high driving to the basket to make a layup with a foul for the three point play. Wes Johnson drained a three followed by a jumper from Pau to cut the lead to 12 after a 10-0 run with 3:10 left in the third. MarShon Brooks and Jodie Meeks hit back to back threes to bring the Lakers within seven. At the end of the third the Lakers were down 82-73 with Meeks leading the pack with 19 points and four rebounds.

Fourth Quarter

Ryan Kelly hit a three, his first basket of the night, to start off the fourth coupled with two big blocks. Pau took it to the hole for a big slam but the Lakers found themselves down but double digits yet again with 6:40 left in the game. Jordan Farmar and Kent Bazemore buried back to back three’s raising the Laker total to 11 on the night. Unfortunately, it was too little too late. Despite the late run to bring the lead down to as little as three, the Lakers failed to complete the comeback, falling to the Grizzlies by five, 108-103.
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  • afs

    I only watched part of the game, but….

    Why did we put Wes at PF when the Grizzlies had both Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph on the court? As a result, we had Wes guarding Marc in the post… I know Wes is athletic but that is a horrible miss match, as Gasol is way taller than him… Then we started doubling Gasol cuz of his height advantage, and they got easy and open shots…. Don’t understand that philosophy.

    Also, did Kaman get hurt???

    • Daspin

      Once again D’Antoni believes Hill’s real value is on the bench. This coach is simply out of touch with winning basketball.

    • X

      Because the FO told MDA to tank the season. Yes, MDA is a great coach like Phil Jackson but he’s not an idiot. He took all the blames this season from the fans even though the FO instructed him to lose games in order to secure the top pick. The Lakers desperately need that top draft pick – young, cheap contract, a lot of upsides, tradeable asset.

      Mark my words, next season the Lakers “suddenly” become a good team under MDA (yes, he won’t be fired) with identical rosters. In reality, the Lakers have enough to qualify for the playoff this season but the FO knows that we won’t win the championship. The Lakers are playing for championship, not just for the sake of making it into playoff.

      So, just relax. The season is almost over and the Lakers will be back much stronger next season.

      • X

        Correction: ** MDA is *NOT* a great coach like Phil…

        • independentbynature

          That’s better.I was questioning your sanity for a minute there.Darn typos…..

  • Big Bros

    4LA Lakers Record19-39Winning.328Lost 3 In A RowLast 10 3-7Top 3 37.8%Top Pick 11.9%

  • The Lakers Tanker Commander

    Lakers lost.Record 19-39.Current draft pick #4.Lakers up 1 spot.Tank!