The feelings of a true Grizzlies fan right now is just pure frustration. The Grizzlies lost another game last night at home to a team that has a worse record than us. The last two home games have been losses to teams with worse records than us and have had players missing. Last night the Thunder were playing without Kevin Durant. We have our full team and couldn't win. What is our excuse for losing this game.
Taking a look back over the season, it is very frustrating to look at the facts that 9 of our 15 wins came in two stetches of games. Between December 5'th and December 14'th we won 5 of 6 games. We won against Chicago, Miami, Houston and the LA Clippers at home, and Oklahoma City on the road. This was a nice stretch of the season and we thought we were seeing some growth. Then the team proceeds to lose 20 of its next 22 games. Then we go on a 4 wins in 5 games again stretch under new Coach Hollins. Since then we have lost 7 straight games again.
Having won 9 of our 15 games during a stetch of 11 games means that we have gone 6 and 41 outside of those 2 periods. That is a winning percentage of just .128. I am a loyal Grizzlies fan, but it is very frustrating to keep seeing them lose games that they shouldn't lose. At the beginning of the season, I was hoping for 25 to 30 wins with the addition of O.J. Mayo and Marc Gasol. I thought an improvement of 3 to 8 wins was reasonable. Now I don't believe the team can get to 20 wins this season. If they win just 20 games this season, that would mean 64 wins over the last 3 seasons when the 3 seasons prior to that gave us 144 wins and 3 playoff appearances. That is a dropoff of 80 wins and that is frustrating.
No, I am not a bandwagon jumper and was a fan of the Grizzlies prior to the playoff runs. I am still a Grizzlies fan after these last 3 losing seasons, but a true fan can voice frustration when their team isn't performing like they should. Losing to the Kings and the Thunder at home when the opponents are playing short handed is unexplainable for a team that should be improving.
It is a new month and hopefully the Grizzlies can play better in March than they did in February.