It’s not been the best start for Taylor Jenkins’ team in his second season at the helm.
The Memphis Grizzlies are 2-4 after losing 108-94 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. They sat in last place in the NBA’s Western Conference pending Monday night’s slate of games.
Memphis opened the season with a 131-119 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, then fell 122-112 to the Atlanta Hawks. The Grizzlies got their first win of the new campaign with a 116-111 overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets, and followed that up with a 126-107 loss to the Boston Celtics and a 108-93 triumph over the Charlotte Hornets.
Despite the loss, Sunday’s game against Los Angeles was meaningful for the Grizzlies, as former standout Marc Gasol, who now plays for the Lakers, was back in FedEx Forum.
“Ever since I got here, you just hear so many great stories about the impact Marc made on the floor,” Jenkins said, per The Commercial Appeal. “He helped build a rich history in a short amount of time with the Grizzlies from the basketball side of things but just out in the community.”
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) January 3, 2021
But warm feelings aside, it’s been a rough start to the season for Memphis, which is hoping to improve on its 34-39 record and develop young sensation Ja Morant into one of the league’s best.
The Grizzlies will face Gasol and the Lakers again at 8 p.m. Tuesday. They will attempt to not only get revenge against LeBron James and company, but also steer momentum in their direction as the season continues.
If they can’t it, this rough start may translate to something worse for Memphis.