The Memphis Grizzlies continue struggling when playing at home. After getting dominated tonight by the Los Angeles Clippers in Memphis, the Grizzlies need to learn how to win at home and fast. Otherwise, Memphis will fade quickly in the West and never have a chance at a postseason berth.
With the injury to Marc Gasol, I thought for sure the Grizzlies would miss the postseason. Even with that said, this is the time when Memphis needs to take advantage of their home court when they play there. Sadly the Grizzlies have a better road record than home record and that doesn’t bode well for the Grizzlies as the season goes on.
If the Grizzlies can turn it around at home and maintain their level of play on the road, they have a great chance to fly right up the Western Conference standings. Winning at home and on the road is exactly what a team wishes for before the season starts, but a lot of the time, teams are unable to be competitive at both home and on the road.
If Zach Randolph can stop his up and down play and just be the dominant double-double forward he’s been the majority of his career, Memphis may be able to build off of that and start playing better in front of their fans in Memphis. As long as the Grizzlies are still in contention when Gasol finally returns to the court, Marc will be able to help the Grizzlies win more often than they are now.
Even if Randolph and Gasol are able to return to their dominance inside the paint, Memphis still needs to learn how to win at home. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter what anyone does, without home victories, there will be no postseason for the Grizzlies.
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