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After Houston loss, Grizz still searching for answers as Lillard and Portland Trailblazers come to town

Ouch.

Memphis dropped it’s fourth straight game Saturday night, a 105-83 whupping at the hands of the Houston Rockets.

Remember all those good feelings after that 5-1 start? Well, the Grizzlies are now 7-8. For those counting at home, that means the Grizz are 2-7 in their past nine games.

Some of this likely could be expected. Much of what we Grizz fans have gotten used to was the chemistry between Gasol, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen. They knew how each other played, they knew what to expect from each other and all of them had been around long enough to not make the mistakes that come with youth.

But with Conley out indefinitely while his Achilles heals, Gasol and SO MANY new teammates are trying to figure things out while winning games. Usually, those things don’t go together.

In his postgame interview, Gasol talked at length about the team’s struggles, and what he thinks it will take to get things back on track. We know he’s going to say the right things. We know he’s going to work hard at what he can control. But he also speaks at length about trust among his teammates, especially on the defensive end. . . . and there’s a hint of hopelessness in his remarks:

Anyway, the Grizz get another chance tonight, with Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and the Portland Trailblazers coming to town. This is another extraordinarily potent backcourt that the Grizzlies will need to find a way to contain — again, relying on Mario Chalmers, Andrew Harrison, Dillon Brooks and Tyreke Evans to contain and match their offensive firepower.

And given that the team has both been struggling to score while struggling to defend . . . could be a long night.

Tipoff is at 7 p.m. And expect a postgame report around 10 p.m. on our Facebook page. Until then . . . GRIND ON!

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