It has been widely known in NBA circles that the Memphis Grizzlies are virtually unbeatable when they have it going on the offensive end, and the Charlotte Bobcats received a front row seat to that experiment on Saturday night. When they “woke up”, the Grizzlies had blasted them to the tune of a 111-89 final score.
As a team, the Grizzlies shot 50.6% from the floor and 53.8% (7 for 13) from 3-point range, and with that combined with a significant rebounding advantage (51-40), it is easy to see how they were able to reach 111 points. Mike Conley led the way with 20 points, but eight members of the Memphis roster scored 8 or more points, and reserve big man Kosta Koufos even posted a double-double off the bench with 12 points and 10 rebounds in just 19 minutes of action.
On the Bobcats side, this was a bit of a disaster from moment one. Charlotte failed to shoot even 40% from the floor against the stingy Memphis defense, and the “big guns” of Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker combined to shoot just 10 for 30 from the floor on the night. The Bobcats have been hit-or-miss in recent weeks, with embarrassing efforts against LeBron James and Miami while beating Indiana, but this was the “miss” part of the equation for Charlotte.