27 February 2011
I'm glad there aren't Grizzlies games left.
Sixers (26-29, .473) got swept this year after the 102-91 loss in Memphis.
Simply the 26-10 hole we dug ourselves in the first quarter was too big.
Sixers had eight turnovers in the period, shot 5/17 and finished it being outscored 18-2.
All they did after to overcome that poor start wasn't enough, and Memphis came out with the W despite losing Rudy Gay to an injury in the middle of the second quarter (score at 41-26).
It was a pretty weird game, with Conley scoring 0 pts in the first half and finishing with 22, including a banked in three pointer, a steal and another three as the shot clock was wining down that closed the game in the fourth (95-81).
I mean, we got killed by Mike Conley's outside shooting + Randolph's offensive rebounding. Not a great night, despite the nice comeback that we had in the third, when Sixers, carried by Lou Williams (in the pic), got within one: 71-70.
We couldn't get a stop when we needed it and the (surprising) 44-37 rebounding edge in our favor was overcome by the difference in turnovers: Sixers 17, Memphis 7.
Only two starters in double figure with the best scorer among them at 13, was another sign that something was missing in Memphis: in these circumstances the loss was inevitable.