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18:07  03 january  2019
18:07  03 january  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Grizzlies ' postgame locker room meeting reportedly turns physical following third straight loss. Members of the Memphis Grizzlies got into a fight during a team meeting following Wednesday night's loss to the Detroit Pistons, reports The Atlantic's Shams Charania.

But the meeting turned physical between Garrett Temple and Omri Casspi, The Athletic reported. The Memphis Grizzlies ' emotional team meeting after loss to Detroit tonight turned physical in an altercation between veterans Garrett Temple and Omri Casspi in locker room , league sources tell

Grizzlies' postgame locker room meeting reportedly turns physical© Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley talks to his teammates in a huddle during their game against the Detroit Pistons at the FedExForum on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Usually prompt, Memphis Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff took 35 minutes after the buzzer of Wednesday night's 101-94 loss to the Detroit Pistons to amble in to his postgame news conference.

He walked in with a redness in his eyes and rested his head on his fist, looking emotionally spent.

Bickerstaff participated in "a conversation that needed to be had" after his Grizzlies lost their eighth game in 10 tries, and he seemed tired of talking as he began answering questions.

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Less than two months later, the Grizzlies ’ locker room is no longer such a fun place, and there is one clear reason why. The nuances of the altercation have not yet entirely emerged GRIZZLIES ' DRAMA: Memphis Grizzlies : Postgame meeting reportedly turned physical between Casspi, Temple.

A Memphis Grizzlies team meeting Wednesday night turned highly emotional and involved a physical altercation between Garrett Temple and Omri Casspi in the locker room , per Shams Charania of Garrett Temple (left) and Omri Casspi reportedly had a physical altercation after Wednesday's loss.

Eventually, however, he acquiesced. This was not a conversation about offensive sets or how many minutes Jaren Jackson Jr. is going to play.

It was a conversation about the direction of a team that just fell below .500 for the first time since the season opener.

And it reportedly got ugly. Shams Charania of The Athletic tweeted that the team meeting "turned physical" between Garrett Temple and Omri Casspi.

The locker room was mostly empty by the time local media entered.

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The Memphis Grizzlies held a lengthy, emotional team meeting on Wednesday after a loss to Detroit that reportedly turned physical . Coach J.B. Bickerstaff took more than 30 minutes to address the media after the game , and the locker room was closed for much longer.

But the meeting turned physical between Garrett Temple and Omri Casspi, The Athletic reported. The Memphis Grizzlies ' emotional team meeting after loss to Detroit tonight turned physical in an altercation between veterans Garrett Temple and Omri Casspi in locker room , league sources tell

"I think addressing larger issues was the conversation that we needed to have," Bickerstaff said. "Right now, it's not X's and O's that need to be resolved. I think we resolved some of those issues tonight."

Mike Conley and Marc Gasol were the only Grizzlies who remained in the locker room by the time reporters entered roughly 45 minutes after the game ended.

The team's elder statesmen, fresh off a second half in which they scored a combined zero points, were tasked with explaining to the cameras what happened during a clearly tense team meeting.

"We were openly sharing our thoughts and trying to fix the situation and getting back into being a really good basketball team together and doing the things we need to do consistently to win games," Gasol said.

That the Grizzlies' eighth loss in 10 games came at home against a team stuck in a similar rut only worsened the sting and elevated tensions in the postgame meeting.

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January 31, 2018 - Memphis Grizzlies head coach J.B. Bickerstaff and center Marc Gasol discussed Indiana's 105-101 win on Wednesday night at Bankers Life

Grizzlies teammates Garrett Temple and Omri Casspi got into a physical altercation during a postgame meeting in the locker room following a home loss to the Pistons, sources confirmed to ESPN.

But Conley described the team conversation as "productive."

A stiff shoulder plagued Conley and kept him scoreless for the first time in more than three calendar years.

It may also have contributed to the somber postgame environment.

"Honestly, I think it would not have ever been needed had my shoulder not felt the way it did from the eight-minute mark on in the first quarter," Conley said. "Losing causes a lot of frustration at the end of the day. If we had won tonight, nobody is talking."

With or without a win against the Pistons, a slump without clear cause has agitated a locker room that is still adjusting to a litany of new faces.

Only Conley, Gasol and JaMychal Green have appeared in the playoffs wearing a Grizzlies uniform.

The rest of the faces are new, including those of Temple and Casspi.

Also new is the pedestal that Conley and Gasol find themselves on.

When the two were last relatively healthy for most of a season, franchise legends Tony Allen and Zach Randolph were part of the team.

Allen and Randolph were more vocal, in-your-face type leaders.

But the two lingering members of the Grizzlies' "core four" pledged Wednesday night to be better leaders moving forward.

"I think it’s needed, and guys expect that," Gasol said. "I’ve worked on not being that critical with my teammates, because in the past it creates some problems. But now it’s going to change a little bit."

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