Wednesday NBA Roundup: Marc Gasol Won’t Let Grizzlies’ Puzzling Season Unravel

December 21st, 2016 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

The strangest thing about the Memphis Grizzlies' 98-86 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday? The perfect sense it made.

Up until that result, fueled by a career-high-tying 38 points from a wholly dominant Marc Gasol, little about the Grizzlies' season felt logical.

It started with a run of clutch wins that seemed unsustainable...until Memphis sustained them. Then there was Gasol's inexplicable development into a three-point sniper. Next came the 7-2 mark without Mike Conley (who'd been playing the best ball of his life before a back fracture). And then, oddest of all, three straight losses following Conley's early return.

If that nonsensical streak had held, the Grizz surely would have lost Wednesday's meeting with a reeling Pistons team fresh off three straight losses, a players-only meeting and a thorough dressing down from head coach Stan Van Gundy.

But Memphis broke the pattern, and it did so in a way that hinted at how it'll break down opponents from now on.

After building a 10-point advantage after the first quarter, the Grizzlies fought off Detroit's repeated charges. And th ...

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