Cant blame the defense. Held POR to 39% shooting or thereabouts, but could not take advantage of it because of ridiculous players like Harrison who gave NOTHING and the whole team shot worse than POR-like 38%. No team is going to shoot 38% from the field and win games.
Their problem is for some reason after their 5-1 start, they simply cannot put the ball through the rim. Bricks all around and when they miss, they got outrebounded by over 20 rebounds. Yes yes I know, POR is a good rebounding team. I get it, but to be outrebounded by 20 means you didnt want to rebound at all tonight.
Fiz has got problems and until someone mans up and starts to shoot the darned ball, it probably wont get better. I saw on here where someone posted that Parsons shot wasnt falling enough so he stopped shooting. That is the exact WRONG thing to do. If you are a scorer and you miss some shots, you dont stop shooting. CJ McCollum started the game missing several shots, but he didnt stop shooting. Got a bunch of fraidy cats who are so scared to be called selfish or labeled a ball hog that if they miss a shot, they want to stop shooting. Start pump faking and as soon as you see that, you can bet its over. When you see an open shot, you take it because you might not get another one during that shot clock. But not MEM, got folks overpassing and dribbling one on one. The offense is sick and needs help. The defense is not going to shut down teams enough to overcome 38% shooting and -20+ on the glass. It aint happenin.
So not thats 5 losses in a row and its not the defense.