The Memphis Grizzlies dropped to the fifth-seed in the Western Conference standings with a loss on Friday night to the New Orleans Hornets. The loss means that Memphis has lost three of their last five games after winning 14 out of 15 games. One of the primary reasons that they lost to New Orleans was that they failed to rebound the ball effectively.
With Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol forming the frontcourt of the Grizzlies, you would think that rebounding wouldn’t be an issue for them. However, they grabbed just 33 rebounds against the Hornets on Friday while allowing New Orleans to grab 49. No one on Memphis’ roster notched double-digit rebounds, but both Anthony Davis and Robin Lopez were able to do so for the Hornets. Davis and Lopez are both adept on the glass, but they shouldn’t create such a gap in rebounding that large.
The Grizzlies should never be out-rebounded that greatly. Not only is Randolph one of the best rebounders in the league, and Gasol a solid rebounder as well, but they also bring in Darrell Arthur and Ed Davis off the bench who are both quality rebounders. With a roster that stacked with players that clean up off the glass, they should never have 16 fewer rebounds than their opponents.
In actuality, their performance could bring to light an even bigger issue for the Grizzlies lately, which is their effort. The Grizzlies have seemed somewhat disinterested over the past couple of weeks and their play has reflected that. However, as the postseason is less than a month away, the Grizzlies need to stay focused in every game. They need to get the ball rolling in the right direction with their effort, but their rebounding in particular.