Grizzlies players come to blows after game

Grizzlies players come to blows after game
Grizzlies' Garrett Temple (L) and Omri Casspi (R) (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - As the losses mount for the Mid-South's NBA team, the players are starting to take their frustrations out on each other.

Tensions reached a boiling point Wednesday night after the Grizzlies lost for the tenth time in the last 14 games after starting the season 12 and 5.

Grizzlies players Garrett Temple, a starting guard, and backup forward Omri Casspi reportedly got heated with each other during a post-game team meeting to attempt to get to the bottom of their losing streak.

Players said the meeting was called to clear the air.

Blows were thrown, with Temple reportedly taking a swipe at Casspi, and Casspi retaliating.

Other players stepped in to separate the two and the meeting went on.

Both Casspi and Temple joined the Grizzlies this summer but had played together on other teams earlier in their careers.

Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace said he was concerned about the sanctity the locker room, and how word of a fight between players could be leaked so quickly.

Wallace said he'll deal with that internally.

Grizzlies Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said letting the players figure it out for themselves is the only way to get to figure an end to the losing streak.

Wednesday night’s loss to the Pistons especially hurt because the Grizz blew another halftime lead. They scored a season low 12 points in the fourth quarter.

Grizzlies’ Mike Conley was scoreless for the first time since 2015. He injured his shoulder in a collision with Pistons’ Andre Drummond.

Conley said he’ll be OK to play in Friday night’s game against the Nets at FedExForum.

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