The Griz fell to 1-4 after horrid second halves at Portland and Utah. Five games into the season, let's take a look at what the primary problems for this Griz squad have been.
Whats Gone Wrong:
1. Cohesion: Or lack thereof. The lack of on-court chemistry and sideline certainty is the problem that underlies much of the team's early struggles. To a degree, this is to be expected. The Griz did come into the season with a first-time head coach, a completely new coaching staff, a new philosophy/system to implement, and essentially six new players, three of them essentially rookies. (With Kyle Lowry prompting the "essentially" modifier on both counts.)
That said, the extent to which this team is still searching for an identity -- trying to figure out both how to play and who to play -- might be a little surprising ...
Read the rest of Chris Herrington's take on the Grizzlies' early-season woes at Beyond the Arc, the Flyer's Grizblog.