Jeff Teague reacts to shocking loss to Grizzlies
The Minnesota Timberwolves, a playoff team, lost Monday night to the Memphis Grizzlies, quite possibly the worst team in the NBA. Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague was not happy about it one bit, per Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
Jeff Teague: "This was the worst loss, by far. … they're not playing for anything right now. They're playing for heart and pride and they came out and kicked us."
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) March 27, 2018
The Grizzlies beat the Timberwolves 101-93. Maybe the Grizzlies were at home and galvanized by a more-raucous-than-usual home crowd.
Nope. The Timberwolves were playing at home. The Grizzlies had won only five games on the road the entire season coming into Monday and had lost 30.
That loss is more than shocking for the Timberwolves. It’s downright embarrassing. It’s not like they got blown out, which perhaps is better. But the Timberwolves were outscored 23-11 in the fourth quarter by the Grizzlies.
That is the part that does not make much sense. The Timberwolves have good players on their roster and a fourth-quarter closer in Jimmy Butler. But the Grizzlies smacked Minnesota in its Twin Cities mouth in the final frame.
Teague is right on so many fronts. Anytime any team loses to the Grizzlies, who won their 20th game Monday, it should be considered as the worst loss of the season. There is just no excuse for losing to a lottery team when you are a playoff team.
But sometimes this happens in the NBA. A team with not much to play for has no expectations from itself or the organization, so the players just go out there and play free. Many times that’s the only real difference. Get an NBA team playing freely and things like a loss to a terrible team will happen, and it will happen a lot.
The good thing for the Timberwolves is this loss will likely light a fire under them and get them focused for the final stretch of the season.