Oklahoma City Thunder: Time will tell if new players make a difference for Memphis

The timing of the Rudy Gay trade couldn't have been worse for the Grizzlies. They've been anemic offensively all season and tried to keep pace with the NBA's highest-scoring team one night later.
By John Rohde Published: January 31, 2013

The Grizzlies shot just 26.0 percent (13 for 50) in the first half and trailed 58-34 at intermission. OKC countered by shooting 61.1 percent (22 for 36).

“We were a little flat,” Hollins said. “Everyone was trying to do too much.”

Memphis stormed back with a 33-point third quarter by shooting 56.0 percent (14 for 25) from the floor. The Thunder's 26-point lead had dwindled to 10 on two occasions.

“I thought we came back in the second half and looked like ourselves,” Hollins said.

Abnormalcy returned in the fourth quarter as the Thunder shot 54.5 percent to the Grizzlies' 31.8 percent.

Memphis finished at 34.7 percent (34 for 98) compared to 55.6 percent (40 for 72) for OKC.

“We put up 98 shots tonight,” Hollins said. “If everybody starts making shots, that's a huge plus to get 98 if you can shoot 50 percent.”

What must the Grizzlies do to remain a Western Conference contender without Gay?

“We have to play basketball and be who we are,” Gasol said. “That's it. I'm excited about the new guys coming in. I'm sure they'll be an important part of this team.”

Guard Jerryd Bayless, who averaged 11.4 points with Toronto last season, will likely help fill Gay's scoring void. He had a team-high 23 points against OKC.

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