Grizzlies lose game 4 of playoffs, Jazz knocks out 3-point shooting for the win
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Memphis Grizzlies fell in another close game to the Utah Jazz, 120-113 in game four. The Grizzlies drop to 3-1 in the series, but the mood after the game wasn’t disappointment, rather encouragement. Head Coach Taylor Jenkins told the team he’s proud of the fight after the Grizzlies went toe-to-toe with the best team in the NBA in another game.
“It’s phenomenal to watch, you obviously wish it would swing, but our effort was there, our discipline was there tonight. The looks that we got we’ll take,” Jenkins said.
The Grizzlies got off to the fast start they wanted. They scored 31 points in the first quarter, which was the most so far this series. However, every time they came close to the Jazz, Utah had a response.
Grizzlies brought it within two points in the fourth quarter, but former Grizz Mike Conley, who said after game three, he was becoming a villain for the Grizzlies, knocked down a three that killed the Grizzlies’ momentum.
“It’s the number one seed and they’re not going to back down,” said Grizzlies guard De’Anthony Melton. “We just have to continue to fight. Take this one game at a time. Take this back to Utah, we already stole one in Utah we just have to keep the same mindset.”
The difference-maker, yet again, the Jazz’s three-point shooting. Utah hit 17, to the Grizzlies ten. Every other stat favored the Grizzlies. They outrebounded the Jazz and shot better overall, but Utah shot nearly 49% from three and the Grizzlies just 29%.
The Grizzlies weren’t frustrated after the game, just aware that they need to limit mistakes as they play another close game against the top seed.
“Stay level-headed. Don’t matter if we win or lose, we have the same mentality, we’re going to go out there and fight, go out there and battle like we know. Just play with a chip on our shoulder mentality,” said Jaren Jackson, Jr. said.
“You know it’s a positive for us,” said Ja Morant. “No matter what’s going on in the game, shots falling, shots not falling. Continue to play hard and not give up. We just have to find ways to close out better.”
The Grizzlies return to Utah for game five, down 3-1 in the series. They face another win-or-go-home situation. A win forces a game six and brings the series back to Memphis. Tip-off for game five Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
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