Tough one tonight in Indianapolis. A game in which the Pacers controlled from tip-off, the Grizzlies lost 83-111.
The Grizzlies could not seem to muster any real offensive momentum to keep up with the Pacers. They ended the first quarter outscored 27-16 and 56-39 at halftime. Marc Gasol went scoreless in the first half. Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons failed to get anything going. Jaren Jackson Jr., fourth overall pick in the draft, finished the first half with one rebound and scored two points from the field. Garrett Temple had a little shine as he went 4-8 from the field with twelve points, all coming via the three-point shot.
The second half did not get much better. The third quarter went 20-19 in favor of the Pacers, but they followed up with 35-25 in the fourth. Chandler Parsons was a non-factor. Mike Conley continued to struggle generating any offense. JaMychal Green finished with nine points on 4-7 field goal attempts. Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with ten points and a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line. Although Garrett Temple scored twelve points in the first half, he was 0-5 from the field in the second. Marc Gasol went 2-7 from the field, but scored seven more points from the charity stripe. Kyle Anderson, Shelvin Mack, MarShon Brooks, and Wayne Selden combined for twenty-two points off the bench.
The Grizzlies shot 30.1 percent for the night, and 34.5 percent from beyond the arc. They were out rebounded by the Pacers, 44-21.
As far as the Pacers offense went, seven different guys scored in double figures. They shot 56.6 percent from the field and and 38.5 percent from three-point range. Bojan Bogdanovic led the team in scoring with nineteen.
This game should have Grizzlies fans keeping an eye on Chandler Parsons. He never found any rhythm and was weak on the defensive end. Opening night is opening night, but the Grizzlies might want to consider giving some of his minutes to the young bucks if this lack of production continues.
Blue Note Bourbon Player of the Game
If there is any light in the darkness that was this game, it is Jaren Jackson Jr. When on the floor, he played with energy and looked tough on the defensive end, even if the box score does not show it. He is our Blue Note Bourbon Player of the Game. JJJ finished with ten points, five rebounds, three steals, and a block.
Next Man Up
Next game: 10/19 against the Atlanta Hawks. 7:00 P.M. FedEx Forum.