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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Memphis Grizzlies need space

By Beckley Mason

The Memphis Grizzlies have lost three of their four games since trading Rudy Gay, and in that time the offense has struggled. Because Gay led Memphis in scoring and shots per game, it's easy to connect their issues with Gay's absence. But the truth is that the Grizzlies' offensive woes are more systemic than they are rooted in personnel. For example: In January, when Gay was still on the roster, they went through a seven-game stretch in which they failed to score more than 85 points.

When you watch Memphis, you might notice a relative lack of movement on the offensive end. But a lack of spacing is a big problem too, and one that stems from problems besides a lack of 3-point shooting.