Monday, September 25

Memphis Grizzlies’ winning streak snapped with loss to Atlanta Hawks

Missing a star point guard doesn’t work out for too many teams, since it requires depth and versatile players. The Memphis Grizzlies have succeeded in stretches when having to play without Ja Morant, but on Friday night, star Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young was downgraded to out almost an hour before tipoff.

Gambling sites boosted the Grizzlies’ chances to win the game, but that energy didn’t carry over to State Farm Arena. The Hawks, without Young, came out shooting hot and never slowed down in a 120-105 victory over the Grizzlies.

The loss snapped Memphis’ four-game win streak. 

Atlanta (35-35) shot better than 50% from the field and 3-point range in the first half while holding the Grizzlies (48-23) to 17-for-40 shooting (41%). The Hawks finished shooting 49% overall. 

The Grizzlies had a season-low 18 assists and 16 turnovers.

Here are some observations from the game: 

Defensive inconsistencies appear again

Defense has been up and down for the Grizzlies since the All-Star break. Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins has noticed and challenged his team, but the results have been mixed. The Grizzlies put on a defensive masterpiece in a 135-102 win against the Indiana Pacers. A game later, they struggled to stop the Hawks. 

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