It was just earlier this week when the Memphis Grizzlies had won 14 of their last 15 games and had moved up to the three-seed in the NBA’s Western Conference. Things seemed to have taken a turn for the worst, though, after the Grizzlies have lost their last two games and are now tied for fourth place in the West with the Denver Nuggets.
Over their two recent losses, the Grizzlies have continued to play solid defense, allowing just 88.5 points per game. However, their offense has been a cause for concern over the two contests. Granted, their offense hasn’t been anywhere close to a juggernaut this season, but it’s been noticeably worse over the past two games.
Over their last two games, the Grizzlies have averaged just 82 points per game, which is significantly worse than their already 26th ranked average of 93.5 per game on the season. The primary reason that they have struggled to put points on the board recently is that they are shooting the ball at just 38.9 percent from the floor. That’s absolutely atrocious.
As the Grizzlies try and get things back on track, they obviously need to start with their offensive efficiency. For most of the season, their bread-and-butter has been pounding the ball down low to their frontcourt duo of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, especially since they traded away Rudy Gay. However, that hasn’t been the case over the last two games. Over that short stretch, Mike Conley has taken the most shot attempts per game at 15.5, Gasol has taken 13.5, Randolph has taken 12.5, Tayshaun Prince has taken 12, and Jerryd Bayless has taken 11.5.
Those players’ efficiency-levels are all over the place, but the fact remains that the trio of Conley, Prince and Bayless have taken way too many shots over the past two games. If Memphis wants to fix their recent problems, they need to shift the focus of their offense back to the interior and less on their guards. If that happens, they should be able to find success once again.