To put it nicely, the Memphis Grizzlies have been shellacked by the Spurs in their first two games and Matt Barnes wasn’t afraid to speak on it. In game one, the Spurs demolished the Grizzlies by 32 points; game two wasn’t much better at 26 points.
In the wake of both defeats, Barnes was severely unimpressed with his team’s performance and said the Grizzlies were going to a “gunfight with some spoons.” Hyperbolic or not, it’s an eerily fitting comparison. Without their biggest stars, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, the Grizzlies are running on fumes against one of the league’s top-2 teams.
Barnes said the Grizzlies are bringing “forks, spoons, knives, the sharpening knife,” when they take on the Spurs tonight at home. “Whatever we got, bottle openers, bottle wine openers,” he would finish.
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) April 22, 2016
Although Barnes isn’t pleased with the team’s performance, he probably isn’t impressed with himself, either. Unfortunately, Matt Barnes has had two of the worst showings on the team. He’s averaging 5.5 points, and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 22% from the field. Furthermore, his offensive rating per 100 possessions is a team-low 57 while his defensive rating per 100 is 116, third highest on the team.