The precocious Memphis Grizzlies came as close as a team can get to a moral victory in the NBA playoffs Monday night. Coach Taylor Jenkins assembled his players after their Game 4 loss to the Utah Jazz and implored his youngsters to keep their heads held high. Utah’s 120-113 victory and Memphis’ 3-1 series deficit belie how close the matchup truly has been.

“We’re right there,” Jenkins recalled telling his players. “We’re literally going toe-to-toe against the best team in the NBA.”

What Jenkins said was not mere coachspeak. After four games, the Grizzlies have played the Jazz evenly across the board except for one critical category: 3-point shooting. Game 4 provided yet another case-in-point. The Jazz drained 17 of their 34 3-point tries while the Grizzlies sank a mere 10 of their 35 attempts.



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