Memphis Grizzlies 98 Chicago Bulls 91

Posted: March 16, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Chicago Bulls have had an up and down season. There record seems to always be right around the .500 and they’ve been hanging around the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference for most of the season. As a fan you’d almost want them to miss out on the playoffs rather than be an 8th seed just to improve that draft position a little bit. Well the Bulls chances of making the playoffs took a big blow Wednesday night. Not only did the Bulls lose to the Memphis Grizzlies 98-91, but they lost guard Dwayne Wade for the remainder of the regular season with a fracture elbow. The Bulls are currently 10th in the Eastern Conference, but they’re just a game behind the Miami Heat and the Detroit Pistons who are tied for the 8th place. Even though it’s just a game without Wade it might be tough for the Bulls to make up this game and I guess the question for fans is; do you want them to?

While the Grizzlies always seemed to have the lead in the 1st quarter they could never get ahead of the Bulls by more than four points. The only lead the Bulls had in the 1st quarter was at 2-0 when Rajon Rondo made a lay up for the first points of the game. The game was tied on six different occasions in the 1st quarter and it actually ended tied at 24 all.

Early in the 2nd quarter it was the Bulls turn to take the lead. Chicago had a three point lead on three different, but Mike Conley made two free throws to give Memphis the lead back at 33-32 with 8:52 left in the quarter. The Grizzlies built the biggest lead of the game at six points only to have the Bulls come al the way back and tie the game at one point. Marc Gasol hit the last basket of the quarter to give the Grizzlies a 54-50 lead at halftime.

The Grizzlies came out and scored the first nine points of the 3rd quarter to take a 14 point lead 64-50. The Bulls began chipping away at the double digit lead and got it down to five points before Memphis was able to push the lead back to 10 points at 71-61 with 2:35 left in the quarter. The Bulls finished the quarter on a 10 to 3 run to cut the lead to three points 74-71 heading into the 4th quarter.

The Bulls managed to tie the game at 80 and then again at 83 all in the 4th quarter before six straight points to take the lead for the final time in the game. The Bulls never got closer than three points in the game again and while it was a close game the Grizzlies always had a small lead. Robin Lopez hit the final basket of the game for the Bulls to make the final score 98-91 Memphis.

Marc Gasol and Mike Conley tied for the top scoring honors in the game and for the Grizzlies as they each went for 27 points. Conley was also the games top rebounder with 9 boards and Conley and Gasol also tied for the team lead in assists with 7. The only other Memphis player to score in double figures was Tony Allen who had 10 points.

The Bulls where led by Rajon Rondo who had 17 points. Rondo also handed out a game high 8 assists. Jimmy Butler and Nikola Mirotic (off the bench) each scored 14 points while Denzel Valentine added 11 points off of the Bulls bench. Butler, Valentine and Bobby Portis each grabbed 7 rebounds to tie for the team lead.

This was the first of back to back games for the Grizzlies and the win improved their record to 38-30. The Grizzlies will turn around and head to Atlanta to face the 37-30 Hawks tonight. The Bulls fall to 32-36 with the loss. Chicago gets a day off before they head out on the road to face the 41-26 Washington Wizards Friday night.

 

 

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