An Indefensible Truth: Lack Of Defense Dooms Grizzlies

November 10th, 2009 by A. Enslen Butler Leave a reply »

I was listening to one of the talking heads on ESPN talk about the NBA the other day.
They were talking about Mike Brown, the head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The talking head said that the one thing Brown did was to bring a culture of defense and rebounding to the franchise.
That phrase struck a cord with me. I immediately thought about the 1-6 Memphis Grizzlies, the second-worst team in the Western Conference. 
What is the culture of the Grizzlies?
For the first seven games of this season, it is clear that the team is more concerned with scoring than defense.
The team wants scoring: They got Zach Randolph, a 20-10 power forward who is having a great season. They bring back young players such as O.J. Mayo, Rudy Gay, and Marc Gasol, each can average 20 points a game. All four players have produced points for the team.
Here are a few examples from the first seven games of the season.
Memphis had a 51-49 halftime lead against the Lakers. Los Angeles shoots 67 percent from the field in the third quarter and cruised to an easy win. Rudy Gay scored a game-high 33 points against the Los Angeles Clippers. Memphis goes ahead by as ...

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