Congratulations O.J. Mayo on a Great Rookie Season.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hornets sting the Grizzlies

Wow, even though the Grizzlies lost, what an entertaining game it was. The Grizzlies started off horribly in the 1'st quarter and led me to think it was going to be a long night. Once we got through the 1'st quarter, the Grizzlies of the last week showed up and put up a fight and got back into by half time. Then in the 3'rd quarter they played some excellent defense and brought the game to within a point for the final quarter. The final quarter was very exciting as we traded the lead with them. We just got out played down the stretch and lost an exciting game.

O J Mayo is a budding star for the Memphis Grizzlies and will be known around the league in a short while if he continues to play the way he has all season. That said, the refs we had tonight obviously hadn't been introduced to him and treated him like a rookie. Mayo just couldn't get any calls to go his way tonight. Give Mayo another year or two of playing the way he is and he will get some of the calls that other stars get such as Chris Paul was getting tonight.

Rudy and O J were great again tonight with both players scoring 28 and 20 respectively. It is so nice to have 2 players that you can expect to score 20 or more points every night. What was missing tonight was the supporting cast. We must have at least 1 but really 2 or 3 more players to score in double figures every night along with the 40+ points from Gay and Mayo. Darko has been playing well over the last week or so but tonight was only 2-7 with 6 points and Marc was 1-3 with 2 points. We need more than 8 points from out 2 seven footers. They did have 17 rebounds and 4 blocked shots which is a positive.

As a fan of the Grizzlies, I can see hope for the future in tonight's loss. The Hornets are leading our division and our young team took them down to the final 3 minutes of the game before it was decided. It would have been easy for them to have gotten discouraged after scoring 11 points in the first quarter and given up, but they fought back and had a chance to win the game tonight.

I expect a great effort on Friday night against Charlotte will result in win number 10 on the season.

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