“It wasn’t a great third quarter on our part,” Marvin Williams said. “They were down and they came out and played like they were down. Bottom line. It almost seemed like they wanted the game more than we did.”
After outscoring the Grizzlies 15-2 in transition in the first half, the Grizzlies won that battle 11-5 in the second half.
“Instead of cutting and moving around,” Foye said, “we were just standing around.”
In the end, the Grizzlies won every battle. They outrebounded the Jazz 48-35, outscored them in the paint, 50-35, and used 11 more offensive rebounds to attempt 11 more shots.
Corbin’s message to the team following the game was direct but, for the second-straight night, far from brief. The locker room door remaining firmly latched beyond the 10-minute cooling down period mandated by the NBA.
“[He was] just telling us that we’ve really got to stay in it the whole game,” Corbin said. “We always end up with big leads at half, that third quarter we just lose it, they just go. We’ve got to have a sense of urgency, man.”
The Jazz have blown six halftime leads this season, nearly as many as they’ve managed to hang on to (eight).
“We’ve got to figure out what it takes,” Corbin said. “It’s 48 minutes. We’ve talked about it, we’ve gotten better at it, but the last two games we haven’t shown it.”
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