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Reggie Evans not happy Grizzlies put starters back in during blowout win over Nets

Jan 26, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

Reggie Evans, Zach Randolph

The Grizzlies took care of the Nets on Friday, and did so swiftly and easily. The game was over by halftime, when Memphis had built a 67-44 lead over a Brooklyn team that simply didn’t have it in them to compete on this night.

Just because the Nets had packed it in late in the fourth quarter, though, doesn’t mean that their opponent was required to do the same.

Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins had some of his starters in during a fourth quarter where the Nets only scored 10 points, notably Zach Randolph, who played about eight and a half minutes. When it was time to get Randolph back to the bench with under four minutes left and Memphis holding on to a 22-point lead, Hollins sent Marc Gasol to the scorer’s table to replace him.

This did not sit well with Reggie Evans, who had words for Gasol and Hollins from the bench during the game, and spoke some more about it afterward.

From Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

After Friday night’s 101-77 defeat, Evans expanded on his frustration, calling it an issue of respect. Most of Memphis’ starters were on the floor with less than four minutes remaining and the Grizzlies leading by 22. But Evans was most baffled by Hollins’ decision to re-insert Gasol with 3:21 left.

“That was the point where it was like, wow, I was shocked. I was real shocked to see him come back in,” Evans said, adding, “We won’t be forgetting, though. Right now we’re going to focus on (Saturday’s game against Houston), but we’re definitely going to look forward to when that day comes where we play (Memphis again).”

It’s not uncommon for a coach to leave one member of his starting unit in the game with four reserves, no matter the situation, simply to maintain some sense of stability in the lineup. And of course, if the Nets wanted to prevent this from happening, they could have chosen to defend better in the first half while the game was still within reach, instead of allowing the Grizzlies to shoot better than 60 percent from the field over the first two periods.

It’s also worth considering the source of this complaint, as Evans isn’t exactly known for being the model NBA citizen who always plays by the rules. He has been caught delivering a strange low blow in the past, and  has been fined this season for violating the league’s anti-flopping policy.

Memphis and Brooklyn will meet for the final time this season in Brooklyn on Sunday, Feb. 24.

  1. eventhorizon04 - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I get what Reggie Evans is saying, but a 23 point halftime deficit isn’t an insurmountable lead.
    Just ask the Celtics, who blew that lead against the Hawks and eventually lost in double-overtime.

    For what it’s worth, playing 5 bench guys or 4 bench guys + 1 starter to me isn’t a huge difference – the other team isn’t going all-out to run up the score.

    • nycalldayz - Jan 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      @eventhorizon04

      Agree. Celtics blew that lead going to the second half. I guess the Grizzles didn’t want to take any chances by coughing up a big lead. Teams make runs in the league, Evans should know better.

  2. acdc363 - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Reggie you need some cheese with that wine bro?

    • letangusespertplus - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      watch out if you get to close to him with that cheese he’ll flop all over the place.

  3. volcom2143 - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    You play to win the game like Herm Edwards says . Stop them if you don’t want them to keep scoring . I love how these guys are such babies about being blown out . Play harder . Stop crying

  4. buffalo65 - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    If Reggie promises not to come back, the grizz will play all their lousy players.

  5. buffalo65 - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Some might say its more of a show of respect keeping some starters in. Always hate the argument you should let up if you get a lead. Like I said, if the trailing team promises not to come back, then I’d quit trying, otherwise, suck it up buttercup.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    And no one’s happy about your FLOPPING and overall dirty play, Reggie.

  7. spthegr8 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Unless he is plans on using ALL 6 of his fouls next time. WTF is Reggie gonna do????

  8. phillyphan93 - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Evan’s needs to grow up, he’s a professional!

  9. jjohnv2004 - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Put a sock in it Reggie! I was at the game and if it’ll ease your troubled mind a little the biggest reason Coach Hollins put some of the starters back in was because they played so little in the first half as our bench was blowing you out. Coach wanted the starters to at least break up a sweat, and I’m sure he wanted Z-Bo to have a chance to add to his league leading double-double total . If you’re a Griz fan you know the team is notorious for getting big leads and blowing them. I’m sure this was on Hollin’s mind too. Memphis fans hate Reggie because of all his flopping, trash talking, and whining from last year’s playoffs. I’m sure the fact Reggie was booed early and often also added to his little pique. Get over it Reggie. Are you Reggie Evans or Dale Evans (the old cowboy Roy Rogers TV wife). Yea, we’ll see you in Crooklyn. Like Bart Scott of the Jets said last year. CAN’T WAIT!!

  10. madboss81 - Jan 26, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Watch out, nuts!!

  11. tiennguyen645 - Jan 26, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Who. Cares you happy or not just make sure your team wont come back beat us like. CELTICS and HAWKS game

  12. jeff6381 - Jan 26, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    He’s worried about the wrong thing play better and you don’t have that problem. Stop crying about whose in the game.

  13. bigmeechy74 - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    I could beat up reggie evans. I’ve been doing mma training

  14. 8man - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Sack it up! Stop ‘em, son. This is the pros, you get paid. Where’s your pride? Funny how these guys today call it a beatdown when they win decisively but a disrespect when they get the other side of it.

    Punks. All of them.

    “Get off my lawn.”

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